Poll: Should Enumclaw Ban Plastic Bags?

The Seattle City Council just approved a ban on the bags to protect wildlife and the environment.

Shoppers in Seattle will have to bring their own bags or pay a nickel for a paper one starting in July.

The City Council voted unanimously this week to ban plastic shopping bags at grocery, retail and convenience stores. (There are some exceptions.) The measure--which follows bans in Edmonds, Bellingham and Mukilteo--still needs the signature of Mayor Mike McGinn.

So, we know that stray plastic bags are bad for the environment and wildlife. And we know lots of people already have the reusable grocery bags.

But we also know they sometimes forget them at home and end up asking for plastic. And those bags can come in handy for things like lining small trashcans or picking up after the dog.

Which leads us to ask:

Should Enumclaw ban the use of plastic shopping bags?

Vote in our poll, and tell us what you think in the comments.

April Chan December 21, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Hey Briar -- the poll is at the bottom of the write up.
dexterjibs December 22, 2011 at 04:45 AM
No. There is a point in time where citizens hav to stand up to the Chicken Little, Sky is Falling environmental nazis. These people see terror around every corner and are the biggest bullies on the face of the earth. And with brain dead politicians, it is easy to further their bullying agenda by using government to force people to compliance.
John Anderson December 23, 2011 at 01:26 PM
I have great hope for Patch as a growing source of local news, but these polls don't reinforce it. Rather than qualify the voting options with reasons and emotional content that the reader might or might not share, let that reader speak for himself or herself. A simple yes or no would give a more accurate picture. Readers then are free to express themselves more fully in comments with anything from thoughtful to rabid. Good journalism informs and asks questions. It doesn't think and speak for the audience. (Of course, traditional local news hasn't gotten this right yet either.)
April Chan December 23, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Appreciate your input, John. We'll try to keep the snark out of the poll questions. :)
Kathleen March 01, 2013 at 03:11 PM
We need the freedom to choose. FREEDOM being the operative word here... Little by little and a very fast pace, these small acts in the name of whatever are taking our freedoms away. I feel plastic or paper should be available and our choice, and certainly not for a fee.


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