On September 1 the ban, with exceptions, of the use of plastic bags will go into effect on September 1. When it was first proposed I wrote the Town Council and advised them that the city charter, their authority to govern, does not give them the power to ban anything. I also advised them that the merchants, who were the target of this unlawful ban, could avoid its application simply by selling the bag for 1 cent and allowing the customer then to bag his own groceries. This is the tack taken by all the supermarkets in England. I also advised them they would look ridiculous if their intention was to ban the use of plastic for packaging because it is harmful to the environment because just about everything in your market or grocery store is now encased in plastic.
They did not heed my message and on September 1 the ban will go into effect and plastic bags at our local Hanaford and Shaw's will disappear, replaced by the old fashioned paper sack. These bags are make from wood pulp and no doubt 99% of them will end up in our landfill as did the majority of our plastic bags. I don't know if the loss of employment in the plastic bag industry will be offset by additional employment in the paper bag industry but it will put pressure on a renewable resource, trees, as opposed to a non-reproducible resource, crude oil, the majority of which we buy from other countries.
Last week I spoke with one of the managers of Hanaford and explained the above scenario in hopes they would not bow to the actions of the city Council. It was like talking to the wall as they would not even consider the response of the English. They have been intimidated to such an extent they refuse even to act in self defense. We have become puppets on strings and when we try to regain control we are flaunted by the courts in that we have no standing and the court's position, the Congress and the Legislature can do no wrong. Why, because it is the Congress and the Legislature that determines who gets on the courts and only their supporters can make it.