The Monrovia City Council will again consider a ban on plastic carry-out grocery bags this evening (7:30 p.m. if you want to show up and have your say), so I thought I'd make the following point.
One of the core unaddressed questions in the entire plastic bag ban discussion is this:
What percentage of Monrovia's trash volume is made up of plastic grocery store carry-out bags?
I have not seen the answer to this question, and if the city cannot show that plastic grocery store carry-out bags comprise a significant percentage of its trash volume, then a ban is an utterly unwarranted governmental intrusion into the itty-bitty details of people's lives.
- Brad Haugaard