Just a couple of days ago, the city of LA decided to implement a ban of disposable plastic bags over the course of the next year. The news caught me by surprise, as I try and follow developments regarding movements to ban or tax plastic bags.
What didn’t catch me by surprise are the comments that followed the decision. I’d seen them all before.
The reason is, it’s just another example of how in the internet age, ideas still travel slowly. When I wrote that just a week ago, I focused on transportation projects, but the bag ban is the exact same deal.
Banning or taxing plastic bags isn’t a new idea, not even in the US. According to a 2010 article, when LA County (this time it’s the city) banned the bags…