Two new ordinances will be going into effect on Wednesday that allegedly attempt to reduce the amount of plastic that allegedly ends up in rivers, streams and landfills. According to The Portland Press Herald, among them is an ordinance requiring grocery stores to charge a $.5 fee for every plastic bag shoppers take after purchasing items. I mean it sounds reasonable to force people to pay a fee since their plastic bags are a nuisance that only ends up polluting the environment, right? Not exactly.
The results of a study released in 2012 on municipalities that had bans on plastic bags turned up some startling results. It was conducted by Jonathan Klick of University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Property and Environment Research Center and Joshua D. Wright of the George Mason University School of Law. The two researchers found a correlation between increased emergency room visits and even deaths in places with plastic bag bans in which foodborne bacteria like coliform and E.coli as the reason for the increases.
With the implementation of this new fee, hopefully Portland and local grocery stores will encourage people to wash their bags after usage if they decide to re-use them the next time they go shopping. However, I have noticed people have a tendency to either forget or procrastinate when it comes to things like that. A report done by the Association for Food Protection discovered that in many cases shoppers rarely washed the bags which means increases in food borne illnesses and even deaths. Even Jonathan Klick one of the study’s researchers noticed the same thing.
If increased sickness or deaths related to food borne illness come to Portland, Oregon you know who and what is ultimately responsible. To avoid this possibility, shopping in a town or city nearby that lacks a plastic bag tax would be a better choice. The fact that environmentalists cheer this new law and also have knowledge of the effects of similar measures like plastic bag bans demonstrates their outright evil intent. It is clear that requiring new fees or outright bans on plastic bags contributes to the spread of illness. What better way to help rid the Earth of a few more human beings by trying to modify people’s behavior in order to make people re-use plastic bags they know shoppers are unlikely to clean and can carry food borne sicknesses that can spread among the populace resulting in serious illness or even death.