Plastic Bag Ban in New York State

debodun

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Starting on March 1, there will be a ban on plastic bag use in New York. If you go to a grocery store and plan on buying more than an armful of merchandise, better bring your own bags, totes or boxes. I found that the plastic grocery bags make handy trash bags. When the one I have now are used up, I guess I'll have to buy trash bags. Buying something just to throw away seems like an oxymoron to me. Once a nuisance, plastic bags may become a commodity.
 

Rosemarie

Senior Member
Location
England
Plastic carrier bags are being phased out here in Britain too. However, if you think about it, they are actually more hygienic during the current situation. Bags can harbour germs and bacteria, whereas a nice new plastic bag will be sterile.
 

hollydolly

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Location
London England
We've had to pay for plastic carrier bags for a long time now, which has reduced the usage by a massive percentage...so generally most people take their own bags now, or wheeled shopping trolleys if you have to walk far with a heavy load ..but you made a good point @Rosemarie about the current time and plastic bags.

I tell you what is annoying tho' here... is that lately, one of our largest Chains of supermarkets have stopped providing bags ( little plastic baggies or paper bags) to put loose fruit and veg into once we've weighed them and before taking them to the till.

trying to juggle 3 or 4 large baking potatoes, some loose apples, etc without a bag, is difficult, and then we're expected to just put them into the trolley, uncovered with a bag , in which someone's child has been allowed to ride standing in it in dirty shoes..
 
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Marlene

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Location
Delaware, Ohio
We've had to pay for plastic carrier bags for a long time now, which has reduced the usage by a massive percentage...so generally most people take their own bags now, or wheeled shopping trolleys if you have to walk far with a heavy load ..but you made a good point @Rosemarie about the current time and plastic bags.

I tell you what is annoying tho' here... is that lately, one of our largest Chains of supermarkets have stopped providing bags ( little plastic baggies or paper bags) to put loose fruit and veg into once we've weighed them and before taking them to the till.

trying to juggle 3 or 4 large baking potatoes, some loose apples, etc without a bag, is difficult, and then we're expected to just put them into the trolley in which someone child has been allowed to ride standing in it in dirty shoes.. bagless..
I have an admission to make. I love reading your posts just to note the differences in our "English." In this one alone, I note you say "plastic carrier bag" whereas we generally just say plastic bag. You say shopping trolley; we say shopping cart. I love the little subtle differences between our language and cultures.
 

hollydolly

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Location
London England
yes there's many differences..Marlene.. I seem to know much more American versions of words than the general American knows our British words. I have no idea why that should be, but I do... , perhaps because for many years I've spent a lot of time working with Americans, and when were kids of course we had a lot of American TV shows ..

There's plenty of lists I believe online telling you the comparative terms between the 2 countries... but it's much more fun reading it in a sentence from a real person isn't it? 🧡
 

Marlene

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Location
Delaware, Ohio
yes there's many differences..Marlene.. I seem to know much more American versions of words than the general American knows our British words. I have no idea why that should be, but I do... , perhaps because for many years I've spent a lot of time working with Americans, and when were kids of course we had a lot of American TV shows ..

There's plenty of lists I believe online telling you the comparative terms between the 2 countries... but it's much more fun reading it in a sentence from a real person isn't it? 🧡
I know quite a few because I read a lot of British authors and watch almost exclusively BBC shows. Plus, I have a long term penpal from Staffordshire. But I still get a smile even when I have already heard the difference. Every time my friend says "are you winding me up," or "thanks for the biscuits," I get a smile (we exchange little treats quite often). So it's always a delight to read your posts.
 

Judycat

Member
Location
Pennsylvania
Haha. The grocery store I shopped at a couple days ago had a sign that said: No reusable bags allowed at this time. Only single use, store supplied plastic bags will be used to pack your groceries. Thank you for your patience.
 

hollydolly

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Location
London England
Haha. The grocery store I shopped at a couple days ago had a sign that said: No reusable bags allowed at this time. Only single use, store supplied plastic bags will be used to pack your groceries. Thank you for your patience.
that's probably a good idea, however many of the supermarkets here charge anything from 25p to £1 per plastic carrier bag , so people wouldn't pay it... they'd just put everything into their trolleys' unbagged and take it to their cars and bag it there..
 

RadishRose

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Location
CT USA
I've begun wheeling my loose groceries out to my car and bagging them there in the trunk. Weather permitting.

Soon, I'll get my own collapsable cart and won't bother with the store cart at all unless I need lot, which is rare.
 

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