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Old 10-25-2012, 04:10 PM
 
Location: In a chartreuse microbus
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Anyway, those of you who live far in the boonies - give me some trash-free hope!
I wish I could. I am roughly twenty-five miles in any direction from a "real" downtown area, and I still see cans, bottles, bags, pizza boxes, etc., lining the country roadways.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:23 PM
 
Location: The land of infinite variety!
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What disgusts me is during the hunting season here we find fast food sacks and containers 30 miles or more from the nearest large town. What on earth are people thinking when they throw these out of their vehicles, much less plastic bags?
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:44 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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OK, our farm is TWO AND A HALF MILES AWAY from town. We're about five miles from a Walmart. But, we just combined our beans and now what do I see rolling around the fields? Plastic Walmart bags! You know they're in the corn, too. And they're out there floating around all the time, it's just that they're more visible when the fields are cleared. AAAAARRRGGG! Stop using plastic bags, people! Unless you just love the fact that plastic ends up gumming up our equipment and floats around with and in the food you eventually eat. I should say that it's not just Walmart, it's the town's grocery store bags too. If you just have to use plastic bags at least throw them away or recycle them in a way that they won't get out and float around the universe. It's so depressing to look out over our beautiful fields on a bright blue sunshiney day with hawks and geese in the sky - and see dirty little blue bags floating around the ground or stuck in the sloughs. Yuuuck!
We reuse our plastic bags constantly for garbage, litter box clean outs, etc. and never seem to have enough of them. The ones that aren't usable any longer get burned with the rest of the trash. I have not seen any blowing across our land, but we're 17 miles away so maybe they can't make it that far.

Until they come up with a plausible alternative, I'd say we're pretty much stuck with them. Personally, I much rather have an army of plastic bags than disposable diapers, but most ecologically minded people aren't willing to sacrifice the convenience. They would rather complain about WalMart bags.

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Old 10-25-2012, 09:52 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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I get the bags in my yard from time to time.
The same thoughts going through my mind.

I don't like to use them myself. When I go grocery shopping, I use a large tote bin 18x24x20 size which is perfect to fit in a shopping cart. I fill it up and during checkout it's emptied then everything goes right back in it. It's a great system. Not just for the time it saves and the bags it saves but it enables me to put much more in the backseat of my p/u and don't have bags spilling out all over the place. One trip in and out of the house with the groceries. And the bread never gets squashed anymore. I wouldn't go back to bags even if there was no environmental impact.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:55 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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Thankfully, where we are, about 20 miles from anywhere, we don't see this. We also started taking our own "permanent" bags for shopping many years ago. It just makes good sense.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:01 PM
 
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Oh the benefits of being a Walmart nation. Stores should stamp the person's last name into the plastic bag itself so the Sheriff can issue fines for each bag found on the side of the road.
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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We use the cloth for groceries because our store does not give away plastic for free and you can only purchase paper or cloth. The plastic we get from other stores we use for litter, etc. I saw a PBS special where one guy was actually collecting those throw-away plastic bags and using them somehow in a process to make electronic devices/generate electricity or something like that. He had a newer, small operation but I wished that he had published his address because I would be glad to send him mine once a year.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:26 PM
 
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Oh the benefits of being a Walmart nation. Stores should stamp the person's last name into the plastic bag itself so the Sheriff can issue fines for each bag found on the side of the road.
And how in the hell is that going to work when people start getting fined because the bags blow off of the recycling truck? Dumb idea, IMHO, as there would be no practical way to make it work.
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