No longer will Los Angeles adults be asked “paper or plastic?” The Los Angeles City Council has motionless to pierce brazen with a controversial ban on cosmetic bags that proponents contend will strengthen Southern California’s ethereal ecosystems.
In a state with an roughly 11% stagnation rate and a city confronting a $250 million bill deficit, it is roughly comedic to hear City Councilmen prioritize an emanate that has frequency any poignant impact on a sourroundings nonetheless has a vast impact on a economy. Aside from whatever legitimate impact this anathema could have on a Los Angeles environment, it clearly does not assistance recession-stricken businesses and citizens.
The economically ignorant City Councilmen have combined many new impolite incentives that all lead to reduction mercantile prolongation in Los Angeles. For example, businesses that feel threatened by this anathema will now be encouraged to leave Los Angeles for outskirt locations usually outward of town, or even worse, they will be forced to close down. Citizens who used reusable cosmetic bags for non-grocery functions will now have to squeeze other bags for those purposes, ludicrous income differently spent in other tools of a economy to purchasing even some-more bags. Also, a anathema will force shoppers to buy new re-usable bags if they forget their possess bags during home, removal even some-more income out of a citizens’ pockets.
So, if a city as vast as Los Angeles were to make such a process notwithstanding apparent aria on a economy, one would suppose that a environmental assist from a anathema contingency be overwhelming, right? Wrong. According to some studies on litter, cosmetic bags make adult reduction than 1% of all litter. Also, a Statewide Waste Characterization Study conducted in 2009 shows that cosmetic bags done adult 0.3% of all rubbish in California in 2008. So unless this series has skyrocketed since, there is really small justification to advise that a anathema would have any conspicuous impact on a environment, let alone a vast adequate impact to clear such forward supervision intervention.
Yet again, California proves a critics correct. California lawmakers continue to bury their heads in a sand, ignoring a genuine reforms indispensable (balanced bill amendment, anyone?) and formulating ideal and invasive laws that usually intensify their problems. As a rest of us watch from afar, we can usually wish that this unfortunate trend stops in Los Angeles and doesn’t infect a rest of a United States with anti-plastic bag hysteria.