Takes issue with reasons behind resolution to ban plastic bags

Last week the Argonaut reported that it was said at the Mar Vista Community Council meeting that there is an ‘economic factor in eliminating plastic shopping bags’ (“Community council becomes first local neighborhood board to officially call for citywide ban on plastic bags”).

Ok, so the little Downtown Daily article states that it costs $25 million to rid the streets, etc. of them, but that’s less than $1 per person. In return we will all have to pay a buck for a reusable one and we’ll need several. Then we have to wash them and they don’t last forever which adds up to a reverse economic factor. And they probably use as much, if not more, plastic than the bags they’re meant to replace.

The article also stated that only 5 percent are recycled which seems to be at odds with the claim by recyclers that their business will be severely impacted if plastic bags are banned (sounds like an oxymoron).

Many people reuse ‘single use bags’ for trash so now they will have to buy garbage bags, which are certainly single use. Why weren’t their signatures presented at the meeting along with those who want to ban plastic bags?

At the meeting it was said that ‘you see them everywhere you look, clogging drains and littering beaches.’ Really? Styrofoam cups seem to be a much bigger problem, especially in Ballona Creek.

Amazingly, it looks like the state Senate did a better job of analyzing the situation when they failed to approve Assembly Bill 1998. And maybe there would be fewer plastic bags floating around if the county and city legislated recycling for apartment complexes.

Finally, a New Year’s resolution for SCE: Quit wasting ratepayers’ hard earned cash on stupid TV ads about building a smart grid. Remember, you have a monopoly and we don’t care how you keep the lights on.

Peter Crank, Marina del Rey

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