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Bye, bye, scandal bags

Thursday, January 03, 2019

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Dear Editor,

I visited a popular supermarket today, the first time since 2019 and since the ban on plastic bags became effective. So, after checking out my stuff at the cashier I was about to ask whether the usual courtesy of the items being placed in a bag no longer exist. I then remembered the ban on scandal bags. It was then that it became clear to me that the baggers at the supermarket would have less work to do as they would no longer be required to place my stuff in a bag. So if I purchased many or few items I would be required to walk out with them all in my hands, unless I took my own reusable bags.

So then I began thinking about life before scandal bags. My grandmother sold stuff in Spanish Town Market, and I still remember her making paper bags from old cement bags and home-made glue made from cassava starch. Is this an option that supermarket owners may need to explore?

One option is to take your own reuseable bags when visiting the supermarket, but do I leave the bag at the counter or take them along with me while shopping?

One thing is obvious, and it's that insufficent preparations had been put in place prior to the implementation of this new law.

But what of the many baggers in the supermarket? Will some of these positions be made redundant? Food for thought!

Everton Foster

Red Hills PO

St Andrew


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