As you know, the single use disposable plastic bag has a major design flaw. It becomes windblown litter despite proper disposal. They fly out of trash cans, garbage trucks and landfills and litter our landscape at great cost to tax payers and our economy.
The makers of these bags, instead of addressing the design flaw in their product, have instead decided to invest millions of their dollars into a war with anyone who dares to point out the obvious, in this case, they are suing the Santa Cruz, California, a city that recently enacted a ban on the specific product that has a proven track record of becoming wind-blown litter.
Stephen Joseph, lawyer for the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, a front group for the plastic bag industry, filed a suit and wants a repeal of the ordinance passed in July. This is the same front group that sued Manhattan Beach on similar grounds and lost.
Apparently, according to the article in the San Jose Mercury News, Joseph wants the price charged at check-out for paper bags to be raised from 10 cents to 25 cents. Under the law, plastic bag companies can sell thicker plastic bags that can be used at least 125 times. Perhaps Mr. Joseph’s demands are designed to help make these plastic bags the low price leader. We will never know, because the Plastic Bag Lobby does not operate with normal logic.