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They're useful for small garbage cans, collecting recycling, and general purpose carrying stuff I don't mind dirtying the bag.
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I bring my own bag when shopping, and try to avoid being given those plastic bags. In fact a few of the places I shop are in cities where those bags are banned.

In spite of that I sometimes end up with them anyway, and they end up crammed into a cupboard, adding up over time hardly ever used for anything. I don't use trashbags in my small bathroom and bedroom wastebins, so if I have something especially messy to throw away I just make sure to toss it in the kitchen trash can, which is lined with an official city-sanctioned trash bag.


City sanction? Like biodegradable?
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they are great for cleaning the cat box


This.
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City sanction? Like biodegradable?


Nope. Basically it's a "pay as you throw" system. If you want to use the city's curbside trash pick up, you need to buy special bags that are especially labeled for the city; they won't pick up trash that's in regular bags. The bags are more expensive, because you aren't really just paying for the bag, you're paying for the service (or at least partially so; I doubt the bags alone earn enough money to pay for the trash pickup service.).

The main reason for funding it this way, I believe, is to encourage recycling. If you have to pay a high price for your trash bag, you're less likely to use up more of them by stuffing them full of items that should be recycled. And if you do choose to not recycle then you end up paying more because you are using more bags.
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paul25454 wrote:
City sanction? Like biodegradable?


Nope. Basically it's a "pay as you throw" system. If you want to use the city's curbside trash pick up, you need to buy special bags that are especially labeled for the city; they won't pick up trash that's in regular bags. The bags are more expensive, because you aren't really just paying for the bag, you're paying for the service (or at least partially so; I doubt the bags alone earn enough money to pay for the trash pickup service.).

The main reason for funding it this way, I believe, is to encourage recycling. If you have to pay a high price for your trash bag, you're less likely to use up more of them by stuffing them full of items that should be recycled. And if you do choose to not recycle then you end up paying more because you are using more bags.


Okay that is so stupid to me. Where I live we have a city trash can and a recycle can. Both are the same size. Pick up trash is once a week and recycle is twice of month I think. I wouldn't want to pay a city who uses that type of method. It seems like a waste of money to me.
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Okay that is so stupid to me. Where I live we have a city trash can and a recycle can. Both are the same size. Pick up trash is once a week and recycle is twice of month I think. I wouldn't want to pay a city who uses that type of method. It seems like a waste of money to me.


It's the first time I've encountered this way of doing things (been living here over 4 years, and have previously lived in three other cities with curbside trash pickup and recycling). We also have curbside recycling here. I don't think it's especially stupid. Folks who generate more trash, pay a little bit more. People who can't be bothered to sort their trash and put recyclables into the recyclable bin, pay a little more. Seems fair enough.

It may also help stop people from other communities from dumping their trash on the curbs of our city, though I don't know at all if that was ever a problem or part of the rationale for adopting the system.
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I reuse my plastic shopping bags all the time. I try to remember to have a cloth bag or my back pack with me though. otherwise I end up with way too many.
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I do this all the time for my Bathroom garbage.
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qwueri wrote:

They're useful for small garbage cans, collecting recycling, and general purpose carrying stuff I don't mind dirtying the bag.


We're in one of those New England college towns that's Banned the Bag--two college towns, actually, and one strip-mall town between them where everyone still goes to Target--and plastic bags have become precious gold for general-purpose bags around the house.
Sometimes you need something light, waterproof, shapeless and expendable, or even just to wrap something in.

The grocery stores still offer biodegradable "disposable" plastic bags for an extra $0.10, and I always stock up on an emergency supply--
If we're supposed to recycle our plastic bottles and tin cans, it helps to have something to recycle them IN.
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paul25454 wrote:
Okay that is so stupid to me. Where I live we have a city trash can and a recycle can. Both are the same size. Pick up trash is once a week and recycle is twice of month I think. I wouldn't want to pay a city who uses that type of method. It seems like a waste of money to me.


It's the first time I've encountered this way of doing things (been living here over 4 years, and have previously lived in three other cities with curbside trash pickup and recycling). We also have curbside recycling here. I don't think it's especially stupid. Folks who generate more trash, pay a little bit more. People who can't be bothered to sort their trash and put recyclables into the recyclable bin, pay a little more. Seems fair enough.

It may also help stop people from other communities from dumping their trash on the curbs of our city, though I don't know at all if that was ever a problem or part of the rationale for adopting the system.


When you put it that way. That does make sense to it. Especially to those stupid folks. I can just image how Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas can be around that time.
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I crumple them up into a very tight ball and then flush them down the toilet.
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Posted 4/23/17 , edited 4/23/17
I've always wondered what is the point of buying trash bags when you get them basically for free when you go shopping.
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lorreen wrote:


paul25454 wrote:
City sanction? Like biodegradable?


Nope. Basically it's a "pay as you throw" system. If you want to use the city's curbside trash pick up, you need to buy special bags that are especially labeled for the city; they won't pick up trash that's in regular bags. The bags are more expensive, because you aren't really just paying for the bag, you're paying for the service (or at least partially so; I doubt the bags alone earn enough money to pay for the trash pickup service.).

The main reason for funding it this way, I believe, is to encourage recycling. If you have to pay a high price for your trash bag, you're less likely to use up more of them by stuffing them full of items that should be recycled. And if you do choose to not recycle then you end up paying more because you are using more bags.


We had a pickup system like that in another city, but the reason you paid for the city-sanctioned bags was that they WERE biodegradable.
If you bought them off the rack, they obviously weren't, and the city wouldn't demean to put them in their own dump.

Some other cities haven't quite picked up on all the nuances of the system, but using one uniform bag, biodegradable or not, helps them keep out the ecological effects of any other kind of plastic they haven't planned for.
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I crumple them up into a very tight ball and then flush them down the toilet.
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