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RE: [GRRN] plastic bags - let's have some shared responsibility
Anne,
Great idea and here's more info to help justify marketability...

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> ----------
> From: 	Anne Morse[SMTP:AMorse@Co.Winona.MN.US]
> Sent: 	Wednesday, May 30, 2001 12:13 PM
> To: 	multiple recipients of
> Subject: 	[GRRN] plastic bags - let's have some shared responsibility
> 
> After thirteen years of working hard to improve our recycling programs, I
> am
> the most frustrated with the ubiquitous plastic bags!  In addition to
> showing up in our roadsides where they stay forever, they also appear
> consistently in our curbside program, and are a significant contaminant
> therein. Despite the fact that precious few get recycled, they even carry
> a
> recycling logo! Enough is enough, we have simply got to improve upon our
> current system for film plastic.  
> 
> To that end, I offer a simple position:  every store that uses plastic
> bags
> in which to pack their goods should also accept them back for recycling. 
> 
> This is, of course, the fairest method of handling the bags.  If they are
> used at retail because they are so cheap and easy, then the same retailer
> should also bear the burden of handling them on the other end. They may
> well
> find that the reuse and recycling options are not quite as cheap and easy.
> 
> 
> The grocers and retailers can easily aggregate the used bags with a bin at
> the front door, as some already do.  Then, they can be backhauled on the
> same trucks that bring the products to their door.
> 
> These retailers are also the only players in the whole system that have
> any
> real leverage to ensure that the bags are recycled, because they can tell
> the supplier of the bags that they won't be buying their bags unless they
> also take bags back for recycling.  
> 
> What do you say, shall we make a start?
> 
> 
> Anne Morse
> Winona County Environmental Services
> 225 W 2nd St.
> Winona, MN  55987
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: GW K [mailto:simplyorganic@yahoo.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2001 2:00 PM
> To: multiple recipients of
> Cc: GreenYes
> Subject: RE: plastic bags - Buy a reusable cloth bag and refuse plastic
> ba gs!
> 
> 
> Mark,
> Unfortunetly in my case the problem isn't solved.  I
> do use cloth bags and reuse plastics for wet items.
> the main culprit in my world is organic frozen
> vegetable bags, some companys use paper bags which I
> can and do compost.  Long term, if no solution, I will
> have to eliminate Cascadin Farms products but at this
> point that is not viable for me.  
> 
> To GRRN folks.....What fun!!!!!  Thank you for all the
> responses...SOOO nice to be able to share with you
> all.
> 
> 
> :)
> Glen Koch
> Seattle, Wa
> 
> 
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