National Bag-Fee Proposal Threatens Bag Monsters

Posted by — May 21, 2013 3:56 pm

Blank_map_of_the_United_StatesBag Monsters beware.  The United States is considering a bill that would essentially make Bag Monsters as popular as lead paint.

The bill is titled, “Trash Reduction Act” of 2013, and was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives on Earth Day of this year.  If passed, it would place a five-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags in every retail location across the country.

Representative Jim Moran announced the bill and also stated, “According to the Environment Protection Agency, the average American throws away about 4.4 pounds of trash each day. The results of this waste can be found in our oceans. . . Small steps like replacing plastic bags with reusable ones yields large returns in reducing the amount of trash we create.”1

The bill is modeled after Washington, D.C.’s disposable bag fee, which, since 2010, has reduced plastic bag usage from a monthly average of 22.5 million to 3 million bags.  All revenue generated from the fee would be used to support the nation’s Land and Water Conservation Fund.

I thought the United States was a place that valued cheap disposable plastics!  Are Bag Monster’s days numbered?

 

1. http://moran.house.gov/press-release/moran-introduces-trash-reduction-act-earth-day-0