Plastic bags are reusable

I reuse the plastic bags I get at the store for my garbage in my  tiny kitchen condo. My garbage bags hang on the inside of the door under the sink.  Paper bags wouldn't work. 

I use cloth bags sometimes but know I need to wash them to keep them clean — what a nuisance.  

My neighbors reuse their plastic bags to pick up after their dogs.

Mary Jane Higby

Huntington Beach


Banning plastic bags is costly in many ways

I love plastic bags I get at the store because I always forget to get the cloth ones my wife keeps in the trunk and take them in with me. 

I understand the cloth ones have to be washed to keep them clean and that's not my department. I am constantly reusing the plastic ones to take objects to other places, so they get recycled a lot at our house.

Please don't vote to ban them. They would be replaced by costly alternatives. People would be put out of work and isn't that what we're trying to prevent? 

Ronald Higby

Huntington Beach


Recycle and enforce, don't ban

I am writing in response to Richard Lara's commentary regarding use of plastic bags in Huntington Beach ("Councilmen, support bag ban," Mailbag, March 28).

I don't understand how banning the use of a safe and sanitary product results in less pollution. When I walk along the beach I find many more types of trash than just plastic bags. Banning a product will not stop people from throwing their trash on the ground. 

Current recycling efforts of plastic bags have doubled in the past nine years and support thousands of green jobs. Recycled bags are used to make new plastic bags, fences, backyard decks, and other building materials.

Reusable bags may sound better in concept but have many drawbacks including high levels of lead and bacteria found in many reusable bags. Without frequent washing, bacteria found in reusable bags will grow 10 times faster in a hot car trunk, which is where most people conveniently store their bags.