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Should Gig Harbor Ban Plastic Bags?

The Seattle City Council just approved a ban on the bags to protect wildlife and the environment.

Shoppers in Seattle will have to bring their own bags or pay a nickel for a paper one starting in July.

The City Council voted unanimously this week to ban plastic shopping bags at grocery, retail and convenience stores. (There are some exceptions.) The measure--which follows bans in Edmonds, Bellingham and Mukilteo--still needs the signature of Mayor Mike McGinn.

So, we know that stray plastic bags are bad for the environment and wildlife. And we know lots of people already have the reusable grocery bags.

But we also know they sometimes forget them at home and end up asking for plastic. And those bags can come in handy for things like lining small trashcans or picking up after the dog.

Which leads us to ask:

Should Gig Harbor ban the use of plastic shopping bags?

Vote in our poll, and tell us what you think in the comments.

Wildsky December 21, 2011 at 07:58 PM
This is ridiculous. Just more nanny state intrusion into our lives. Does our governemnt have more important things to do?
Gigi Yob December 22, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Pretty soon we'll be carrying our groceries in our hands. I thought we were going to recycle the bags, what happened there?
Harborite December 23, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Absolutely not...they're great for recycling for garbage. Otherwise, we would have to buy plastic bags. Enough already. What we need is less government and not more.
Gina December 27, 2011 at 11:00 PM
Plastic bags are just one of the parts of our huge plastic problem... I don't think carrying a canvas bag for groceries is a big deal and would have such a positive impact on the environment.
Local Parent September 17, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I have just relocated to Gig Harbor and I'm surprised to see that there are not more comments for this subject - in particular, in support of banning bags. Have Gig Harbor citizens seen images of the giant garbage patch in our ocean? Do you care about the health and beauty of Puget Sound? We moved here for the natural beauty. It is a shame to find so little support for changing our behaviors. It is EASY to take a few canvas tote bags to the store, it is one of those simple things we can do to make a collectively big difference. Relying on plastic bags is quite simply lazy.
Harborite September 17, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Local parent...if you don't like the way folks in the harbor do things, maybe you moved to the wrong place:0)

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