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Petition: Ban plastic bags in Saratoga Springs

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A group of Saratoga Springs-area residents are circulating a petition urging the City Council to ban disposable plastic bags in stores and markets in the city.

Nearly 400 people have signed the petition at in less than a week, said organizer Alex Chaucer.

Chaucer, a technology instructor at Skidmore College, said Monday that entire countries have banned or taxed the use of the common plastic bag like the ones used at supermarkets.

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March 5, 2013
1 a.m.

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Seriously? This is as stupid as NYC's ban on Soft Drinks. My plastic grocery bags are recycled for use as pet waste disposal containment units. If they are made out of recycled and bio-degradable materials then what's the problem?

March 5, 2013
1:12 a.m.

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I'm guessing the issue is people get more plastic bags than they can re-use. I tend to keep my plastic bags for re-use, but I've got about 1,000 of them in my closet now. Way more than I can use. Though... the issue would be getting consumers to remember to bring their own fabric bags. I certainly have those, I just often forget. And oh- just for clarification, there is no ban on soft drinks in NYC, just an upper limit on the single-serving size sugar drinks stores can sell. Far from a "ban".

March 5, 2013
7:22 a.m.

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Make the homeless and people who search for recycled bottles expand there recycleables search and include all types cans and plastic bag and containers. This would save our dump and get all these products containers reused. Oh! plastic drinking cups from the fast food companies take up a lot of space in the landfills. Let some of the big companies pay to put back our natural resources to reuse. This will clean up our streets and help out people to get that added income. Some people are lazy and DON'T recycle anything.