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Should RI Ban Plastic Bags at Grocery Stores?

State lawmakers are considering enacting such a law, which would be a first in the country.

File photo.
File photo.
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban plastic bags at grocery stores and retail shops.

The ban would be the first of its kind in the country, according to the Associated Press.

The bill's lead sponsor is Sen. Frank Lombardo, D-Johnston.

"We have to stop polluting our air, our water and our land," Lombardo told a Senate committee, according to the AP. "Is banning plastic bags a fix-all or a cure-all? No. But it's another piece of the puzzle in helping the earth heal itself."

Read the full Associated Press report

Should Rhode Island ban plastic bags at grocery stores and retail shops? Share your opinion in the comments.
Jack Baillargeron April 07, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Look at all the bans on food stuff and ingredients in the name of converting people by force to stop obesity? Sick people in my opinion, who should leave this Country and go to a totalitarian Country with these types of bans. Finns anti-gun laws to stop crime are a great example of thinking in a vacuum and allowing the innocent to be killed because they are helpless to defend themselves against those who will never obey these bans.
Jack Baillargeron April 07, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Not to mention cloth bags are only fine for canned, and seal goods. Meats and produce should never go in those bags. Wonder how many of these cloth bags supporter put the plastic bags supplied at meat counters and produce area? If you are banning these bags why not those? Yea right they won't try that I bet.
jim halsband April 07, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Jack, thank you for presenting your righteous indignation which both mirrors and buttresses my own. I offer solution based ideas backed with real technology that will not only directly address and solve plastic waste problems but with it comes jobs, but no one has put forth the requisite means to advance the proposed solution to the sustainable reality that it is. The machinery that I am referring to converts waste plastic bag, styrofoam and plastic buckets into oil, which can be used directly as home heating fuel or diesel fuel, and the actual recovery cost per gallon is about 30 cents. Imagine, home heating oil for 30 cents per gallon while creating jobs and a burgeoning ancillary industry, i.e. technicians, engineering methods to harvest fallow plastics, etc. BUT, in RI with unemployment at obscene levels, those with the means to advance my project to reality have no interest in anything other than self interests and idle rich self indulgences, or so it appears after 3 years of pushing this rock up a steep slippery incline! Let's just arrest people for using bags, I just do not see the benefit. And yes, the sponsor of this bill mentioned in this article is a member of ALEC as are a dozen more of our elected officials. Maybe we should ban conflict of interest politicians.
Jack Baillargeron April 07, 2014 at 11:38 AM
The tech exist, Jim and this State who needs businesses to move here should consider getting into that type of business since we obviously have the Port capability to do a massive project of that size. I also support desalinization as an option to water problems cause by never doing Big River project. This State spends so much time on socialization and feel good crappola it boggles the mind. Jobs that pay better than low wage tourism jobs is the answer and this stuff is nothing more than voter scams to get re-elected in my opinion.
Dark star April 08, 2014 at 07:39 AM
Jim Halisband, you win the Patch award (aka a "Patchie") for the category "The Most Affected by Conspiracy Theories". You narrowly edged out the NK high school teacher worried about wifi killing kids. Well done sir.

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