Fremont, collect your tote bags

Just talked to Wasserman. The mayor is going to support a plastic grocery bag ban. Since I’ve never seen a 3-2 vote with Wasserman and Wieckowski as the dissenters, I think it’s pretty safe to say the council is going to move forward with this thing.

Wasserman said last time when the council punted on plastic bags, it was hoping the supermarkets would take action themselves or some new alternative would arise. But that hasn’t happened. “We just need to say ‘do it,’ and then it will force the changes to come,” the mayor said.

Matt Artz


  1. I support a ban on plastic bags that the Council will vote on tonight.
    What bothers me is the Mayor Wasserman and city mgr Fred Diaz, scheduling this
    motherhood legislation just before the November elections. It is like a gift to the Incumbents that are running for re-election.
    This really stinks, Fremont style of Politics.
    We need a change

  2. CG, Under council rules, the only way an item from a councilmember can get before council is by a “Council Referral.” A councilmember drafts a summary of the idea and presents it to the council. If the council thinks it is worth staff working on it, they vote to approve the concept, authorizing staff expenditures.

    The scheduling of a council referral is decided by the councilmember making the referral, in this case Wieckowski. Diaz and Wasserman are not in the picture on this one.

    Now, as a old guy with 6 reusable grocery bags in my car, how can I remember to bring them into the store?

  3. Point of order here: there is some interesting aspects to this that have been vetted in other California jurisdictions. I.e., I believe that that plastic bag industry cries foul unless you eliminate both plastic and paper “free” bags.

    And, if I’m not mistaken – the threatened law-suits have prompted some municipalities to adopt an approach which prohibits BOTH plastic and paper – and then the stores charge a nominal fee for paper of reusable ones.

    The stores love this approach because it saves them a lot of money, and it’s green. Likewise, the city or town avoid expensive litigation. Sounds like one of those darn win-win-wins!

    Matt, hope your reading these at the meeting and can mention this to someone up there at break or before the meeting!

  4. BTW: both paper and plastic pollute and produce green house gases. Maybe we could start making them out of lemon skin grow near nummi! (-:

    Ok, bring it on!

  5. How does this plastic bag ban affect the rolls of plastic bags found in the produce section of a store? The translucent ones used to bag veggies and fruit.

  6. I have reusable bags, like Gus I just need to remember to bring them. I’ve started buying a new one each time I forget to bring one in, sooner or later they will fill all the possible hiding places and I’ll be able to find one. (The real solution is for me to take them back out to the car after I unload in the kitchen).
    Good question about the veggie bags, I’ve seen reusable mesh bags but haven’t tried them yet.

  7. Thanks. I thought that might be the case. So, it’s kind of a half-baked solution. Typically if you buy five, six, seven produce items you bag them separately for pricing. So in reality many more plastic bags are typically associated with a trip to the supermarket than just what you carry your groceries home in.

    Another bag story:
    THE SWITCH: Frito-Lay hopes to quiet complaints about its noisy SunChips bags by switching out the biodegradable bags for the old packaging on all but its original, plain flavor.

    THE COMPLAINTS: The bags, made of plants, were introduced in April 2009. People have complained to the company that they are too loud when they are opened.

    THE FUTURE: The company, a unit of PepsiCo Inc., is working to develop its next generation of biodegradable bags and will use what it learned with the SunChips effort.

  8. Am I the only wannabe Depression Era dork who reuses plastic produce bags? It’s easy to do.

  9. They will be missed. I use them thrice – to bring home the groceries, to transport my lunch, then to dump the cat litter. It’s a nicely orchestrated system of tiers.

    I wish Wieckowski would print up some bags with his name on them to promote his campaign, disposable or not. I’d grab a few hundred and use them to dispose of my cat’s crap.

  10. I reuse my bags or bunch them up and toss them in the recycle bin. They make lovely lunch boxes. I saw on the news that unless you wash your totes frequently you can contaminate them with E-coli, salmonella, and other nasty things that the bags pick when shopping.

  11. Since Wasserman and Wieckowski want to do away with plastic and possible paperbags, they just lost me and my family’s vote.

  12. If done away with, I plan to buy several plastic tubs, and leave them in my car, and when I get to the checkout I will say leave then in the cart. I will then ask the pimply faced teen to take the cart to my car, load the groceries into my bins and I will unload at home. Maybe is the grocery stores see all their money is going to pay for extra help to car the groceries, they might stand up and be heard.
    I am so sick of all the city co8ncel emphases on small =stuff when Fremont is going to hell in a hand basket.. Time to vote in some new and smarted blood.

  13. I don’t wash my lunch tote nor my hands, ever.

    I can dominate any communicable disease w/ my own bacteria.

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