Charging for bags could be a better way to go

Just read the Jan. 7 editorial on the bag ban anniversary.

As a regular tourist to your beautiful island, I find that there is something missing in how the ban is being handled.

The hotels (mine, for sure) are not informing their guests about the ban, so we haul off to the store, make our first huge order for necessary provisions and walk out with paper bags that are difficult to carry and are a bigger threat to the environment than the plastic they are supposed to replace.

I would estimate 90 percent of grocery shoppers are leaving the supermarket with paper grocery bags in their hand.

Another suggestion is to charge for bags. You will see how quickly people will switch to reusable bags. It was a successful formula in Canada. A 5-cent charge for paper or plastic eliminated 75 percent of the problem.

Murray Shostak