A month ago, members of the Dallas City Council, among them Linda Koop, balked at the idea of doing away with retailers' plastic bags -- ain't gonna tax 'em, ain't gonna ban 'em. Not the city's job, said Koop; instead, "We're in the business as a council and as a community about educating people about why they should conserve, why they should recycle, what's better for the environment." Only reason I recycle this old news -- see what I did there? -- is because today's New York Times name-drops Dallas as a city that considered taxing or banning the bag, but ultimately passed. Whereas in NYC, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is now proposing a fee for using the plastic bags: six cents per, with a penny going to the store owner as incentive for sticking to the deal.
Not everyone's happy about it, course: Lotta New Yorkers kvetching about this being one more tax at the wrong goddamned time; and store owners are worried their customers will get all Marty Scorsese on 'em when told to fork over the six pennies. Says one: “They ask us for plastic bags for free as it is. When we say no, they curse us out. They demand a bag for a 25-cent bag of chips.” Perhaps he should try educating his customers about why they should conserve and why they should recycle. That will work.
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In other recycling news, the City of Dallas is collecting your big ol' trash -- everything from old TVs and tires to "small kitchen appliances" and your e-waste -- next Saturday at these locations, in exchange for a free movie pass. To what, I have no idea. WALL-E, maybe? --Robert Wilonsky