Progressive Gainesville City Government OKs Plastic Bag, Styrofoam Ban

A plastic bag sits alongside a roadside in Sacramento,Calif. The Gainescille City Commission gave final approval Thursday night to a ban on plastic shopping bags and polystyrene food containers. Enforcement of the ban won’t begin untio Aug. 1. [Rich Pedroncelli/The Associated Press/File]

by Cindy Swerko

Enforcement of the ban on plastic shopping bags and polystyrene carry-out food containers begins Aug. 1.

The days of plastic shopping bags and polystyrene carry-out food containers are numbered — the Gainesville City Commission gave final approval Thursday night to a ban.

Several people in the audience spoke in favor and against the ban, but it was unanimously approved. Read the rest of this article at


  • Posted January 18, 2019

    James Sharp

    I guess you can use your hand when picking up after your dog and put the “matter” in your pocket until you get home.

  • Posted January 18, 2019


    Nah, use nature to decompose the sh… I just use a stick to fling it to an area where no one walks and put leaves/dirt on top. Call me crazy. But that’s God’s way of decomposing it. The best way. He even created dung beetles for just that purpose or we’d be covered in it. Bats eat mosquitoes or we’d be covered in those. His plan is amazing in every intricate detail including our DNA!

    • Posted January 21, 2019

      The Flash

      Not that I agree with most government decisions, BUT, I don’t think God envisioned man creating molecules that DO NOT break down or decompose, or that we’d be such poor stewards of our planet that we’d allow it to become a trash heap, If you’re not aware, the vast majority of plastics break down physically, into smaller pieces, but they do NOT break down chemically, so the plastic molecules wind up entering the food chain. Just because I’m a conservative, doesn’t mean I can’t be environmentally sensitive to reality. Not everything liberals rally around is stupid (just most of it!).

  • Posted January 18, 2019


    These dorks who run the city into the ground can’t wait to waste taxpayers money on something new and stupid that their underpaid police force will probably not enforce cause they are spread too thin and will always have more important stuff to do. They can’t fix the bad roads and what jobs they start, they don’t finish. Ahh wonerful, Ahh wonerful. Heres Myron with another polka!

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