I agree with letter writer Ken Dalke (‘No plastic bag ban until city gives us alternatives,’ April 9) that there needs to be a good alternative to plastic bags before they are banned.
I think the education campaign is working.
I use less and feel guilty if I forget my re-usable bag and have to pay for one. Not everyone has reusable bags or can afford them.
Yes, I can keep a bag in the car for unplanned shopping, but not everyone has a vehicle or a place to stow a bag. And, sometimes, we humans just forget.
So, I won’t buy the items I wanted (less money to local business) or drop things as I try to carry them home?
Some of the newer plasticized antimicrobial-coated bags do not last and are only wipe-clean. I prefer the re-usable cloth bags I can throw in the washer and know they are clean.
There are some filthy re-usable bags out there.
If people put leaky meat/poultry/fish in those bags and later use them for fruits and vegetables, they can create a petri dish of bacteria to contaminate themselves and others who handle those bags.
It could be an infection-control issue, especially for cashiers expected to handle those bags.
I predict cashiers refusing to handle unclean re-usable bags. Education about cleaning such bags is not well publicized.
Until there is an affordable, re-usable, washable bag available to everyone, Kamloops council should encourage more education about reducing and recycling plastic bags and/or source alternatives.
How about something biodegradable, like paper?