Los Angeles made history recently by becoming the largest city in the U.S. to ban plastic grocery bags. It’s an obvious-but-difficult step toward reducing garbage and waste. Why doesn’t Provo try something similar?
Perhaps what would be better — or possibly more feasible and politically palatable — would be discouraging the use of plastic grocery bags instead of outright banning them. Discouraging use is often done by charging consumers for bags.
This is an idea that leaders in Boulder, Colorado, recently considered. It’s also something I experienced first-hand this long weekend in the tiny tourist town of Springdale Utah, and something I’ve encountered in European cities. If this approach would work in Boulder — which is similar to Provo in many ways — as well as tiny towns and big metropolises alike, it’s certainly something that could work in Utah Valley as well.