The Nanny State in Full Swing
Tuesday morning, Los Angeles Supervisors Yvonne B. Burke and Zev Yaroslavsky will take up the issue at their weekly meeting as well.
This is despite the fact that market solutions to the issue of plastic bag waste are out there and working.
Furniture retailer IKEA now charges customers 5 cents for every plastic bag they take out of the store. Customers can either bring their own bags or purchase a larger, reusable IKEA bag for 59 cents to avoid the 5 cent fee. As a nice added touch, IKEA donates a portion of the money raised to environmental efforts. Grocery store Trader Joe's has a similar program where they sell cloth shopping bags. Each time you use one, you get a drawing ticket for a prize.
BioBag is one company that produces plastic bags made from a material derived from corn starch. The bags are 100% biodegradable and compostable.
In related "Nanny State" news, Sunday night's 60 Minutes featured a story on lobbyist Rick Berman who is a hero in the fight against increasing government regulation.