Letter: A plastic bag tax is not one-size-fits-all

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  • Richard Larson Galt, CA
    Feb. 7, 2019 10:49 a.m.

    Well of course not Ryan Curtis.
    There also has to be a.......
    Plastic Straw ban.
    Paper Plate ban.
    Plastic Utensil ban.
    etc., etc.

    (see where this is going)

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 8:51 a.m.

    I recycle and I use reusable bags: but this proposed tax is simply a punitive zealotry

    I usually get paper bags when I forget my reusable (a few of my reusables are cloth, but most are also made of plastic), but I ask for the plastic bags when I need trash liners.

    It is very annoying when I am in California to have to pay extra, particularly when there are so many exceptions to the rule

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 8:14 a.m.

    Why not just ban the use of plastic bags instead of creating another "TAX?" Utah loves taxing everything possible.

    If there are no plastic bags, people will use those fabric bags or paper bags. Problem solves, and no taxes were created in the making of this law.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 8:04 a.m.

    I'm not sure you've made your case. There's not really any reason that a state wide plastic bag cost wouldn't work or be practical. It would make more sense than a community by community hodgepodge.
    It isn't a particularly punitive tax either. It's very easy to stop using plastic bags,

  • Opinionated Sandy, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 6:39 a.m.

    Ridiculous. Grandstanding, nothing more. When you go to the grocery store for $100 worth of groceries, do you really think paying a few extra cents for a few bags is going to stop people from paying it? It's just another tax...pure and simple. Besides, then I would have to buy small trash bag liners...haha

  • No One Of Consequence West Valley City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 8:13 p.m.

    What difference does it make how long it takes a bag to decay in a landfill? We have plenty of land in the western USA where a landfill is the highest and best use. A lot of great things are built on landfills, and they can be a source of useful natural gas. The real problem is how much trash does not go into the landfills.

    We don't need another tax-the-poor feel-good law.

  • UtahnAbroad Sandy, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 6:43 p.m.

    Paying for bags - even if it is just a few cents - has worked in reducing single use plastic bags in many European countries.

    I know many will grumble about this but it's great for the environment and it's a great idea.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 6:03 p.m.

    The problem with sin taxes is that politicians sometimes promote the sin to get more tax money.

    An alternative might be to tax the retail sources using plastic bags and have buy used plastic bags at .10 per pound to be properly disposed of.