Reusable bags are not for everyone

The recent discussion about charging for plastic bags, or banning them completely has caused a real spike in my blood pressure.

Our family lives on a farm about 35 miles southwest of Durango. We are a one-income family that has three kids in college and are just trying to squeak by. “Conserve” is not just a word in our vocabulary, but a way of life for us. I don’t appreciate Durango trying to gouge us by making us pay more for shopping bags that are used over and over for various things. The cost of the bag is already being passed on to the consumer, so why should we have to pay again? If you don’t want to use plastic bags, don’t, but don’t force your bright ideas on everyone else. Are you going to ban the plastic gloves used in the medical field? How about syringes and needles – they are a big problem, too. Water bottles are no different.

If the plastic bags are such a problem and the city really wants to make a difference, it should have places that you sell them back, as is done with aluminum cans. People would probably go out of their way to pick up a sack that flew out of the garbage truck if they could get five cents for it.

I think reusable bags are a great idea for people who live in Durango and shop every day. You could probably get all your groceries, clothes or whatever in the few bags that you have. Have you looked at the shopping baskets of families that shop every other week? Their baskets would be full of reusable bags before they even started shopping.

I like taking my new clothes out of a sack instead of throwing them in the back seat and hoping that none of my groceries leak on them. If Durango chooses to ban or charge for shopping bags, I have no choice but to go somewhere else to shop. Farmington is just as close for me, with less tax to pay and a better selection of restaurants.

Frances Horvath

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