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Supermarket chains in Connecticut are capitalizing on a new law that seeks to ultimately eliminate plastic bags but was engineered to collect $50 million in state revenues beginning August 1.
The once familiar “paper or plastic?” at the supermarket check-out is no longer an option in Connecticut after Democrats passed a law that requires a ten-cent tax on single-use plastic bags until July 1, 2021, when the bags will be entirely banned.
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Most consumers have no option currently, however, due to the supermarkets’ decision to forgo offering plastic bags immediately and, instead, offer only paper bags at a fee of ten cents per bag. Since the state’s new ten cent charge is only on plastic bags, the chains can pocket the ten-cent fee on each paper bag themselves.
Stop & Shop, Big Y, and Highland Park supermarkets in Connecticut have all ended the single-use plastic bags at check-outs, two years earlier than is required by the new state law, reported the Journal Inquirer.
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The law was just recently passed, forcing store owners and managers to make quick decisions about what to do with their plastic bag inventories.
In an interview with Breitbart News, popular WTIC Connecticut radio host Todd Feinburg said while “the best part of it all” is that the ten cents charge on the plastic bags is not going to the government as Democrats planned, the supermarkets’ action will have an impact on their customers.
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“It’s worse for consumers in a way because they’re being denied the option of buying the plastic bags for a dime,” he explained. “And they’ll be going straight to a paper bag option. In my book, the paper bags have way less utility and, when you leave a store with paper bags, they’re heavy and you really feel like you’re doing something bad for the environment.”
Feinburg said many of...
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