LETTER: A plastic bag ban will not work

Re: Colwood proposal and editorial (Gazette, Nov. 22)

What is a “single use” plastic bag? Look down the bread aisle. Plastic keeps bakery goods fresh; paper won’t do. I break a loaf into four, using old bags, and freeze three. The produce section has rolls of plastic bags needed to separate and seal items, especially onions. The sturdy bags at government liquor stores are ideal for kitty litter.

Bedding comes in zippered bags, good for storage as well separating items during travel. On and on. Yes, there is a global problem with plastic, calling for a bio-degradable solution. And yes, I use cloth bags.

Meantime, the main effect of a ban on checkout bags is that customers will put a carton of zippered bags in the shopping cart. Banning a small fraction is feel-good political tokenism.

Bill Stavdal

View Royal


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CRD

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Oak Bay couple honoured for 35 years volunteering

Mayor awards distinguished Oak Leaf to Bert and Doris Dinsmore

Hospital foundation president praises generosity of Peninsula residents

Karen Morgan said support during COVID-19, financial and otherwise, has been touching

UPDATED: West Shore RCMP locate dangerous, ‘high-risk sex offender’ thanks to help of taxi cab driver

Scott Jones wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, ‘a risk to women and girls,’ police say

Meet the Liberal candidate for Oak Bay-Gordon Head

Roxanne Helme about ‘governance, not politics’

Sidney’s Cascadia Seaweed hopes to float to the top of a growing industry

Food products based on seaweed could hit local shelves in spring 2021

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

POLL: Do you agree with the decision to call a provincial election for Oct. 24?

British Columbians will put their social distancing skills to the test when… Continue reading

Canadian ski resorts wrestle with pandemic-vs.-profit dilemma as COVID-19 persists

Few are actually restricting the total number of skiers they allow on the hill

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

End of CERB means uncertainty for some, new system for others

As of a week ago, the CERB had paid out $79.3 billion to 8.8 million people

Horgan, Wilkinson trade barbs over MSP premiums, health care at campaign stops

Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24 earlier this week

Most Read