Betty Leipold: A nickel for reusable bags


In regards to using plastic bags instead of reusable bags, I think it would be more effective to reward the use of reusable bags. I think paying a nickel per bag instead of punishing the use of plastic or paper would be a better idea.

Betty Leipold

Steamboat Springs


Scott Wedel 2 years, 11 months ago

I think the amount that would be rewarded or be charged is too small to change people's behavior. The person with a reusable bag does not do so in order to save a nickel per grocery store trip.

I think the real issue with plastic bag fees is that government sees a revenue stream.


dave mcirvin 2 years, 11 months ago

Betty, good idea. Other locales have been doing just that for decades.

We first purchased our 4 heavy duty, canvas bags @ Shaw's (Portland, Me) in '89 (and they are still looking-working great). At the time, the Shaw's stores in Portland and Cape Elizabeth credited a nickel for use of each bag. In parts of Oregon, ~40-50% of folks leaving the grocery store tote cloth (one may be tempting fate by not using cloth bags @ the Pearl District-Whole Foods). Many more folks in SS are using cloth compared to a few years ago.

Seems it would be better to donate the nickel toward some community project (Horizons, United Way, local medical hardship or some recycling project-Andy Kennedy, have any ideas?).


mark hartless 2 years, 11 months ago

In the parts of Oregon I visited last summer 60-70% of folks drove dumper-to-dumper in the left lane of I-5 doing 5MPH under the speed limit. Slower than Coloradans drive in full white-out conditions. Let's hope some trends STAY in Oregon...


Dan Kuechenmeister 2 years, 11 months ago

Hey Dave, Great idea. I would rather the nickel went to a community project. That might be a better motivation for folks then a nickel to themselves.


dave mcirvin 2 years, 11 months ago

Dan, easy trail riding with D.W. (STARS client) around Stagecoach Lake every tuesday morning. join us?


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