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See Why We Pay For Bags Or Bring Our Own

Alameda County's new ban on single use plastic bags has been in effect since Jan. 1. Have you had to pay for a bag? This picture shows why.

If you've shopped in Alameda County since the first of the year, you know that stores no longer provide plastic bags thanks to a new law meant to curb litter.

Why was the plastic bag ban put into effect?

Well, there's a saying: one picture is worth a thousand words.

What you see here is that thousand-word explanation captured in a picture of a fence at the Waste Management landfill at Altamont Road in Livermore.

The fence is meant to keep plastic bags from blowing from the landfill toward homes in Tracy and other communities to the east.

"That employee in the lower right corner needs to get those bags off the fences before the wind changes," says Rebecca Jewell, a recycling coordinator with Waste Management who took the photo.

Good luck!

Have you had to pay for a bag? How are you getting your purchases home? What do you think of the ban? Sound off in the comments below.

Judy Galletti January 31, 2013 at 09:01 AM
Thanks for coming. Hope you can make it to the monthly meetings. I didn't realize you were there. It was a great meeting. I've been to so many of Mimi's talks and I learn something new every time. The information about the Pleasanton School District grades was stunning. Equalizing higher performing districts with new, lower performing students is shocking. Can't imagine what kind of people think these things up. Hope I never meet them. They have to be stopped. We need an army to speak up at council meetings, regional meetings, school district meetings and more. Thanks for coming.
LL February 08, 2013 at 01:07 AM
Punxnotdead, Let me talk to you so you can understand. Hopefully, someday, you will be old too. And perhaps you will be just as useless as those you are tormenting now. It is my experience that old people have great wisdom that young people can't seem to understand. It's because young folks haven't lived long enough and haven't seen enough to put it all together, to understand the bigger picture. Lay off the old folks, cause one day you will be old and I'm sure it will be very upsetting to you to be treated so badly. Old is good and people of all walks of life have something to contribute, even you. This is a forum about exchanging ideas, lets do that and stop with the insults already.
LL February 08, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Tim, I like your style.
JCS February 11, 2013 at 07:41 AM
I am part of a citizens group that is helping the people standing up for their rights on this issue. Please visit Stopthebagban.com and Saveourbags.com to join in on the fight. We our currently collecting signatures to overturn the proposed bag ban scheduled to take effect in October 1, 2013 in Cupertino. We base our efforts on the fact that some cities have collected enough signatures from angry citizens and successfully overturned bag bans or ordinances. Basalt, CO and Snowmass, CO are two great examples.
LL February 14, 2013 at 07:24 AM
Put them to the curb, someone might need them. :)

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