Fewer Plastic Bags means a Greener Provo

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.


Filed under environment, pollution

3 responses to “Fewer Plastic Bags means a Greener Provo

  1. It seems a little silly to some people to ban a plastic bag when so many other plastic products are accepted, but as an avid diver/snorkeler I can vouch for the fact that plastic bags seem to be one of the most pervasive pollutants on planet earth.
    The other one is plastic water bottles, which I FIRMLY believe should be discouraged, if not banned outright. That’s why we have our infused water at Station 22 and don’t sell bottled water. After watching “Tapped”, we just couldn’t bring ourselves to do it.

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