Speak Out: Plastic bag bill

House Bill 130 will restrict establishments from giving consumers bags that are “made from non-compostable plastic and not specifically designed and manufactured to be reusable.” The measure will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021, and will still allow businesses to provide paper, fabric or reusable plastic bags.

The proposal applies only to stores with at least 7,000 square feet of retail sales space or chains that have three or more locations in the state with each one comprising a minimum of 3,000 square feet. Restaurants are excluded.

The bill has a few exceptions allowing plastic bags to be provided in certain circumstances, such as to hold frozen foods, chemicals or live animals.

• I use plastic shopping bags to line my home trash cans. So now I guess I’ll have to buy plastic trash bags for that same purpose. Does this make sense? — Mary Grampp Brown

• I agree! And it will take us 10 times longer to unload our groceries from the car since they will be in paper bags….grrrr! It will just be another reason to shop online and have it delivered to the front door. — Zandra Sauers

• You have two years to start collecting bags. And small businesses will still be allowed to use them. This mainly applies to very large stores. — TJ Lubach

• “I have to BUY a thing that’s so important it takes precedence over saving the hundreds of thousands of plastic bags that end up in the woods and streams in Delaware?!” If using liners for your cans are that important, I’m sure you’ll be able to buy appropriately sized bags at the store or go with paper alternatives. — Mary Grampp

• My students use plastic bags to take lunches on field trips, because paper bags ripped. — Cindy Christiansen

• Well at least marijuana legislation is being pushed. At least they can say they did something this year besides ban plastic bags. — Mike Bohan

• If they are going to do it, it should affect all places. — Diane Edwards

• They told us to use plastic to save the trees. Too bad it took them this long to realize it was not a good alternative. — Carol Cunningham Brown

• New York State just passed the same bill. We have to bring our own bags or pay extra to use theirs. — Suzzanne Worthington Hughston

• Thinking paper bags are going to make a return. — Vincent J Deskiewicz Sr.

• Then they will ban cutting pulp from tree farms and mandate all paper bags be made from recycled materials. — Gene Hansen

• Invest in some good quality reusable bags and keep them in your car. I don’t understand what the big deal is. Been doing it for quite a while. — Freida Wilson Livingston

• Me too, and they are a lot more durable and easier to carry. Noticed when I was shopping this week that Giant is offering nice ones for $1 each. I’m going to go buy a bunch and use them for gift packages instead of wrapping paper or gift bags. Double present! — Kay Bee Ell

• The big deal is I always forget and leave them in the car. — Susan Powell Hetteroth

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