- greg dahlen
- Glendale, CA
- United States
Alumnus, academy of achievement
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why did getting rid of plastic bags get rid of other kinds of trash?
There is a stretch of three or four blocks of undeveloped land I sometimes walk past in my city. In the past this land would attract a lot of litter. I would see empty plastic bags that supermarkets use to bag groceries. I would also see a lot of food packaging, such as cracker boxes. And also fast food packaging, such as McDonald bags and boxes for hamburgers. Then my city instituted a green bag ordinance. Now when you buy food at a supermarket, if you want them to bag your groceries in one of their bags, plastic or paper, you have to pay ten cents for the bag. Hence many customers are bringing their own cloth bags to supermarket to have their purchases put in.
Now when I walk past that same stretch I notice there are fewer empty plastic bags from supermarkets thrown down as litter. And that I understand, people probably aren't getting those at the supermarket as much since they cost. But I also notice there is much less of the fast food and food container trash as well. That one I don't get, as people using fewer supermarket bags wouldn't affect their throwing down fast food trash. Can you explain it?