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Published:January 25th, 2011 11:41 EST
How Do You Feel About Ten Cents Fee For Every Plastic Grocery Bag?

How Do You Feel About Ten Cents Fee For Every Plastic Grocery Bag?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"How do you feel about being charged ten cents for every plastic bag you use at the grocery store? That kind of legislation is on the table right now in Indiana.

Representative Shelli VanDenburgh introduced this bill to the general assembly.

She is proposing that all retail merchants who offer disposable plastic bags charge each customer a 10 cent fee.

The bill also said if the store charges the 10 cents, it must have re-usable bags available for sale."

This bill is a good idea, but it doesn`t go far enough. Ten cents isn`t going to get anyone`s attention, the fee should be increased to two bits. The average person uses about six or seven plastic bags, a fee of $1.75 every time a consumer goes to the grocery store will motivate shoppers to change their wasteful habits.

There should be a provision in the bill to provide customers who use food stamps to pay for their groceries with a free reusable bag.

The revenue collected would go to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation for the Green Industries Fund and to the Department of Education.

Toting reusable bags to the grocery store will make you look like a tree-hugger nerd, but it`s good for the environment. Come on people, let`s get with the program. 

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