3:49 pm February 23, 2010, by Rana Cash
Paper or plastic? No problem, as long as you have a nickel or so to pay for it.
According to an Associated Press article, grocery stores in various parts of the country are beginning to charge for the bags you use to carry your groceries home. San Francisco has even banned plastic bags. In Washington, D.C., shoppers are charged 5 cents at the checkout counter for a bag.
Other states could follow suit in efforts to eliminate wastes and be environmentally friendly.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 3.96 million tons of plastic waste, including bags, sack and wraps, was generated in 2008, said the AP. Of that, barely 1 percent was recycled.
Will metro Atlanta cities turn to this approach? And will our grocery shoppers go for it or balk? How much would you pay for a plastic bag? Are you already using reusable bags instead of plastic?
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