Banning plastic bags in Virginia?

Not real estate related, I know, but still interesting. This bill was introduced yesterday. I’ll wager that if it gets passed, the City of Charlottesville will try to enact such an ordinance.

§ 15.2-977. Plastic carryout bags.

Any locality may, by ordinance, provide that a retail merchant located within its jurisdiction shall not provide to any of its customers at the point of sale any plastic carryout bag in which a product or products purchased by any such customer from such store is placed unless such plastic carryout bag is a durable plastic bag, with handles, that is at least 2.25 mils thick and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.

We’re not alone.

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  1. Sean Tubbs January 17, 2008 at 10:08

    When I lived in Calgary, the Safeway down the road from me charged customers for each bag used. It was a small fee, like three cents each, but it gave customers an incentive to take a canvas bag.

    I keep meaning to take canvas bags with me when I do the shopping, but if I’m buying $160 worth of groceries, that’s a lot of bags to have to take to the store.

  2. Dave Phillips January 17, 2008 at 16:12

    I always get paper bags from the grocery and then use them as a trash bag in my kitchen can. The only use for the plastic bags is to pick up dog poop.

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