Here in Ontario we are paying 5 cents for plastic bags in order to reduce plastic from going into landfills. We also have to pay 5 cents for the paper bags? In some cities in Europe and Great Britain they pay up to 55cents equivalent to Canadian dollar as a bag tax. Some of the larger grocery stores started this to raise money for the WWF and to reduce plastic going into our landfill sites. Sounds like good idea because it does take a long time for plastic to break down, (not sure if that's a bad thing), into micro spheres that could be digested by insects and animals.
So being a concerned citizen I did an experiment in order to reduce my carbon foot print on the planet, or plastic hand print in this case. I filled plastic grocery bags full of newspaper and fliers to bulk them out as I would garbage in my home. Packed them neatly into my garbage cans.I could get a maximum of seven bags into my garbage can with one bag on the top. I then made a homemade scale and weighed 7 grocery bags and 1 Glad garbage bag. Too my amazement the garbage bag tipped the scales far out weighing the grocery bags. So the facts are in, if you want to reduce your plastic hand print on the planet use plastic grocery bags to put out the trash, you will also be donating money ( depends on the area and sponsors), to WWF who's President is Prince Charles.He needs the money!
Those who doubt my results please try the experiment yourselves don't take my word for it.
Just an observation. I am in the renovations business and often go to the dump to get rid of garbage. Most of the times I go there, I see recycling trucks dumping plastic and glass bottles into the dump and not the recycling center. I realize the recycling center might be at full capacity but why do we pay an extra cost in my area to pay for this?
One final observation. What is that light coating they put on garbage bags? Is it environmentally friendly?