It's official plastic bags at the grocery store in Seattle will cost 20-cents each starting January. It's about time the U.S. caught up with Europe in reducing the number of flimsy plastic bags floating around our landscape. It seems like most Seattle-ites support the new law, but there are some who claim 20-cent per bag is too expensive and is unfair to lower income people. That may be true, but luckily I am sure the City will be handing out free re-usable bags to people for January to promote the new law.
The hard part will be to remember our re-usable bags when we go to the store. Kelly and I have had a pair of bags for 3 years now. We remember the bags when we go to our weekly grocery shopping trip, but we often don't have them with us when we just stop at a store on the way home or whatever. I guess we'll just have to keep a bag in the car or pay the 20-cents.
Anyway, it's a good law in my opinion and about 15 years over due. Now we just need to get a better public transportation system.