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[GreenYes] Re: grocery stores that charge for bags
I think it UNFORTUNATELY goes without saying that this would never fly in
America.  If people aren't going to move their hand 2 inches to the right to
toss their aluminum can into a recycling bin instead of the garbage....

Unless there is some law (let's see that one go through Congress), the best
we cans start with is what some of the local stores I attend do.  They give
you a stamp book and each time you bring your own bag, you get a stamp.

Of course most of the people who will do this would do so regardless of
getting something back.  But perhaps it would habit forming?

Even one is a victory?

-----Original Message-----
From: Lori & Jerry Stole [mailto:stole@hevanet.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2002 1:51 AM
To: Jim Jensen; greenyes@grrn.org
Subject: Re: [GreenYes] Re: grocery stores that charge for bags


I lived for several years in Germany, and grocers in my little town did
charge for bags. That didn't slow some folks down from simply buying bags
everytime, but many brought their own containers. It was all heavy plastic
bags; American-style paper bags were non-existent.

Lori Stole
Portland, OR

----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Jensen <jimzhook@yahoo.com>
To: <greenyes@grrn.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2002 4:40 PM
Subject: [GreenYes] Re: grocery stores that charge for bags


>
>
> Hi Eric:
> I proposed this idea to a grocery chain in Washington as
> part of the Wastebuster business waste reduction
> demonstration project in 1992. They couldn't believe their
> ears. They wouldn't even consider making the suggestion to
> customers, so that we could test customer feedback. I had
> heard that charging for bags is common in Europe (don't
> know if that's true?), but as long as the competitor down
> the street was giving bags away, they saw free bags as just
> a cost of doing business.
>
> It makes sense to me that in a business with such small
> margins that they wouldn't give away bags. Maybe they
> wouldn't charge full price, but a penny or so, with a
> give-back for people who bring their own to encourage
> reuse. But competition and convention are powerful inertia.
>
>
> Every once in a while, I would bring the idea up again in
> conversation with other grocery managers, but they proved
> quite stubborn on the issue.
>
> Good luck if you are getting some consideration of the idea
> where you are.
>
> Cheers,
> Jim Jensen
> Seattle, WA
>
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