Plastic bags have proved to be more of a bane than a boon when we look at the way they have affected our environment. Boulder has now joined the bandwagon and like many other cities in Colorado, it has introduced a ban on plastic bags, which was in effect from 1st of July, 2013.
Fee on Plastic and Disposable Bags Has Residents Getting Reusable Reclaimed Bags
With a view to promote a better tomorrow, Boulder has decided to ban the use of plastic bags after taking into consideration the detrimental effect plastic bags have on our planet. This new ordinance was passed in November 2012 and came into effect on the 1st of July, 2013.
It aims at encouraging the use of reusable reclaimed bags in place of disposable bags and plastic bags. Keeping this in mind, stores will now be charging a ten cent fee on such bags. The ordinance pointed out that a considerable part of the taxes collected from the residents had to be directed towards dealing with the effects of disposable bags and plastic bags on the environment, instead of being more purposefully used. So, the fee collected from the sale of plastic and disposable bags would be directed towards the more important requirements of the city.
However, there are some exemptions to the rule. According to the ordinance, use of bags for packaging bulk items, frozen foods, meat, fish, and bakery products will continue as before. Garbage bags, bags used for drugs, and bags which protect items from contamination or damage also fall outside the parameters of the ban.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera, the city has handed out 36000 of the 40000 reusable bags that they purchased in May, free of charge to the residents of Boulder. The remaining was to be handed out by sustainability workers, outside grocery stores.
Other cities in Colorado such as Telluride, Aspen, Breckenridge, and Basalt have also adopted ordinances to curb the use of plastic bags. Scotland plans to introduce a fee on disposable bags in 2014.
Toward a Greener Environment With Reusable Reclaimed Bags
Plastic bags have been used for years and they have had an irreversible effect on the environment. People are slowly realizing that these bags are detrimental to the well-being of the environment. The council, various companies, and the people, as a whole, are coming together to make our planet a greener and cleaner one, beginning with the restricted use of plastic bags.
Based on the principle of reduce and reuse, many companies as well as individuals have started using their imagination and have come up with novel ways to make useful eco-friendly items out of waste material. An example of this effort is the introduction of reusable reclaimed bags where items such as old t-shirts and used cement sacks are used to make trendy reusable bags.