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Now it’s Grass Valley’s turn for a bag ban

I congratulate Nevada City on their recent adoption of a bag ban, and I encourage Grass Valley to follow their lead.

Nevada City’s ordinance bans plastic bags in all stores, and requires a 10 cent fee for paper bags in grocery stores; unfortunately, Grass Valley’s ordinance under consideration does not include a fee on paper bags. This would be a bad decision for many reasons. Both cities are the primary commercial districts for Nevada County and it’s logical for them to have the same ordinance as it avoids confused costumers and upset store owners. Also, local grocery stores welcome the fee because paper bags cost more than plastic, and could easily make a dent in their income.

Lastly, and most importantly, is the effect that paper bag consumption has on the environment. While plastic bags are more harmful in the long run, the U.S. alone cuts down 14 million trees a year, and uses massive amounts of energy to manufacture, transport and recycle the bags. The fee is a crucial aspect of the ban, reminding consumers to reduce their waste.

It’s time to work together, and have the Grass Valley City Council approve the same bag ban as Nevada City’s.

Junie Bedayn

Grass Valley

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