Last Monday, Feb. 6,
A total of 54 people responded to The results?
- 31 people, or 57 percent said no
- 23 people, or 42 percent said yes
The story that initially ran the poll received 10 comments. It reported how an ordinance calling for the ban of plastic bags in West Valley cities seems closer to adoption after a Feb. 2 meeting of the West Valley Solid Waste Management Joint Powers Agency Board, which voted unanimously to recommend their prohibition in retail establishments.
The follow-up article containing the poll on its own garnered seven comments. Thank you to all who voted and shared your thoughtful opinions. We appreciate your participation and feedback.
Here's what some of our poll takers said:
"Of course they should ban plastic bags; it's so easy to bring your own re-usable bags; I keep a stash of them in both cars. They are also given away at almost every event imaginable now...at school, work, conferences, running races, etc. It will be second nature in no time if plastic is banned."
If the ban kicked off with a town-funded (with sponsors) recycle bag giveaway over a period of a few weeks, especially targeting the elderly in town and, generally, folks who need them - then we will go a long way in helping to change behavior with some positive action. In a small (for where we are) town of 30,000, its more doable than in a city the size of San Jose. The town can order the phase-out of plastic bags with a conscious, phase-in approach and really show some class along the way. Its just one idea, we can come up with a few others that aren't silly and can alleviate some of the problems raised by opponents of the proposal."
: "We are an over-regulated society. It's tough enough for small businesses with all the taxes and regulations. Let LG shop owners make their own decision on this."
"I believe that it is better to offer incentive not ask for a bag rather than to ban them. Look at the line in your San Jose grocery store- it is often the elderly who have no bags and now are being charged extra to get them- the cost of them was ALREADY built into the cost of doing business.
There are some absolutely crazy aspects to San Jose's law. If you go to Valley Fair Mall, only on the San Jose side, you can't get a bag for a purchase of new clothing unless you pay for one. Think about buying your wedding gown at Nordstrom and it not being legal to get a hanging bag. Other stores in the Mall can still offer a bag, so we are shopping on the Santa Clara side. I don't want to put my new shoes or clothes into a reusable bag that held my lettuce yesterday.
In addition, most of us used those plastic and paper bags for filling with recycling matter. I am tired of being legislated instead of educated."