Pay for Those Crap Plastic Grocery Bags? Outrageous!

Megan Van Schaick

grocery bagsIf you live in Connecticut, you might actually have to start paying for those ubiquitous but handy while plastic grocery bags that save your life every time you forget your green mesh ones. Five cents a bag. It’s all about the environment -- and making money, of course. The money from the bags would be used to pay for recycling programs.

Let’s get the hippy-dippy stuff out of the way right now. Yes, yes, it’s an awesome idea from an environmental standpoint. You force people into paying for recycling or into purchasing reusable bags. Win-win!

But there are other, more selfish reasons I don’t mind the idea of paying for those plastic bags -- namely all that poop ...

If the charge were some outrageous fee, I would think twice about using the bags from the store. But at a nickel a bag, it’s actually quite economical to buy the plastic bags.

Consider what you use the bags for.

  • What does your husband pack his lunch in? Mine packs his in a plastic grocery store bag.
  • Have a cat? Use the bags to scoop the litterbox. You can even get clever and use a larger bag as a pan liner -- or just cut one down the sides to make one large liner.
  • The bags make perfect dog poop bags -- forget the fancy little ones that come from PetSmart. Grocery store bags are every bit as biodegradable. I also use one in the mini trashcan that I keep in the backyard for scooping poop.
  • If you have little trash cans in your bathrooms, bedroom, and office, plastic bags from the store make perfect trash bags.
  • It’s not pretty, but hang a bag from your car’s gearshift and you have an instant (and handy) car trashbag.

See, it all makes sense. If you bought individual products for every one of these purposes, you could easily spend $100. You could spend $25 on dog poop bags alone! So paying 50 cents a week for my 10 grocery bags translates into major savings -- that’s 50 cents a week to scoop poop. If I have a really big trip to the store, I might spent a dollar on bags. One dollar spent out of a $200 grocery bill is nothing. Sure, they used to be free (sort of -- you know you have to be absorbing their cost somehow). But now they’d still be nearly free and well worth it for all the use you’ll get out of them.

Would you pay for your grocery store bags?


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