I appreciated Graham G. Storey's arguments against the 15-cent bag tax (April 27 Juneau Empire). The problem with plastic shopping bags is not the bags themselves but the litterers, and isn't littering in general a problem?
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Personally, I reuse my plastic shopping bags. They make an economical liner for my small trash cans, and I save them for use in my garage sales, as well. If I choose not to reuse them, they go in my trash can and out with the garbage. I have never thrown a plastic shopping bag to the wild, or any other litter for that matter.
Many stores fail to give an option of paper bags these days, and paper shopping bags are not nearly as reusable as the plastic. Short of tinder for a wood stove or fireplace, paper bags are pretty useless.
Better policing of litter would be a better use of our time, as well as ending the use of the plastic soda can holders, which have limited reusability and a greater danger to our wildlife than shopping bags.
Rayda L. Renshaw