The Flawed Premises of Recycling

AUDIO: A review of the plastic bag ban, the suspension of the plastic bag ban, and the underlying flawed premises of recycling – 9 minutes on KNRS Salt Lake City – Edward Ring on the Rod Arquette Show.

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Plastic Bags and the Recycling and Reuse Scam

Back in 2014, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 207, which banned grocery stores from offering customers “single use” carryout bags. Permanent implementation was delayed by a November 2016 voter referendum, Prop. 67, that unsuccessfully attempted to repeal the measure. Today it is well established law.

The only way SB 207 was sold to the grocery industry was through an incentive that permitted them to keep the ten cents per “reusable” bag that they would be required to charge customers.

California’s pioneering ban is touted by environmentalists as an example for the nation, and progressive cities and states have enacted similar laws. But in reality, it is misguided policy that does more harm than good.

Today, instead reusing the free single-use bags to line their trash cans and dispose of their cat litter, Californians now pay ten cents every time they exercise that privilege. And how does this help the environment, when reusable plastic bags have 11 to 14 times the mass of disposable plastic bags, and hardly anyone reuses them that many times?

Further evidence of the absurdity of laws banning single-use plastic bags is found in a study commissioned by the United Kingdom’s Environmental Agency, which estimated reusable grocery bags made of cotton fabric to have 131 times greater “global warming potential” than conventional disposable plastic bags.

And now consumers have less reason than ever to reuse their reusable bags, because they’re germ carriers.

This isn’t new information. Common sense would dictate […] Read More