Friday, October 23, 2009

Florida Considers Ban on Single Use Bags

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), as part of FS 403.7033, "shall undertake an analysis of the need for new or different regulation of auxiliary containers, wrappings, or disposable plastic bags used by consumers to carry products from retail establishments." FDEP is considering a law to require retail businesses to charge up to a quarter for one time use bags. Here's the Orlando Sentinel story.

As reduce, reuse, recycle proponents, we support this idea. Those against all taxes and those who hate everything will oppose it. Still, it may have a chance of passing.

It costs business to give you a bag. A business makes money selling you a reusable bag. So expect business criticism to be tepid.

So, what can make this happen? Provide input on FDEP's web site and contact your state legislator to share your support.

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