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Wednesday Farmer's Market to Eliminate Plastic Bags

The Encinitas Station Certified Farmer's Market uses between 250 and 500 bags a week.

The Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association is getting started on its New Year’s resolution a little early.

The association resolves to stop using single-use plastic bags at the Encinitas Station Certified Farmer's Market and will start Wednesday evening—ahead of the San Diego County’s Day Without a Bag.

Currently, the market uses between 250 and 500 bags a week, market manager Carris Rhodes told Patch. Shoppers will get free reusable bags.

The resolution will help people cut plastic on their own.

"I'm sure a lot of people who are trying to cut the plastic bag habit and need a little bit of inspiration and advice on how to do it,” she said.

The market will not eliminate plastic produce bags, but Rhodes encourages market-goers to take reusable mesh produce bags.

The Wednesday market runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 600 S. Vulcan Ave.

Shoppers who show their own reusable bags will get a $2 credit, Rhodes said.

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Rob December 18, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I will bring my own plastic bags to the market.
Rob December 18, 2012 at 03:07 PM
If I bring my own plastic bags will I be arrested?
Surfing Siren December 18, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Yay! Thanks for the free ones and thanks for the credit. Some people just need a little nudge and you are going above and beyond in a good way. : ) You know some old grump will complain, they can't stand change.
Rob December 18, 2012 at 04:27 PM
No grumpiness here. If it makes you feel good and somehow you think you're saving the planet by not using plastic bags good for you. I am pro-choice by giving people the option of which bags to use. The intolerance of people that support these bans that deny a person's right to choose is very offensive.
Surfing Siren December 18, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Rob, just use the reusable bags! Jeez!
Marianne December 18, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Thanks Carris for the nudge and for reminding me to go on Wednesday - I need more delicious market treats and staples!
Jay Berman December 18, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I won't go to this farmers market because they do not allow the bags ... it is stupid ... putting produce in a reusable bag is not a good idea unless you cook all that produce. Just do the responsible thing and bring your bags to a market for recycling ... they are 100% recyclable .. made from natural gas ... Paper bags are horrible for the environment .. plastic bags weigh 12 pounds per 1000 bags ... paper bags weigh about 155 pounds per 1000 ... then you have transportation of wood or recycled material to a pulp / paper planr and then to the company that makes the bags and then to distribution and THEN to the store ... I wonder how much gas and diesel that takes ... just save your plastic bags and when you have a few sacks full, bring them to the market .. our society likes to take away our choices and impose bans ... I banned Solana Beach ... haven't shopped there since the ban ... I bought a bunch of items at the Vons .. didn't realize no bags .... I just walked out .. and I will continue to go to the Leucadia Farmer's Market every Sunday .. Wednesday may be more convenient but forget it ... no bags, no business .. they should have recycle bins at the Farmer's Market ..
Carris December 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Hi Jay, Thank you for your input. I am sorry to hear that our decision will deter you from going to the market. To touch on another topic you mentioned we do have recycling bins at the market which are available for cardboard, paper, plastic bottles and cans all of which are recycled by our City of Encinitas waste hauler EDCO. Unfortunately EDCO does not recycle plastic bags as they are a low quality plastic and they can not derive much money from their recycling. It is very rare that plastic bags get recycled, even from the bins at the grocery store. As you mentioned before many of the largest grocery retailers do not offer plastic bags anymore, it is a growing trend and commitment to the environment that we would like to be a part of! We fully believe in incentivizing people to bring their own bags and we believe that people can re-train their habits in a more positive way. Thank you for shopping at a farmer's market, whichever one you shop at! Have a wonderful day!
Jay Berman December 19, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Hi Carris, I understand why EDCO can't esily separate them but you should be able to bundle them in each other - stuff bags, and drop the bundle in the blue recycle container. They are 100% recyclable. We recycle plastic bottles ... Reusable bags are made from about the same amount of material as more than 25 plastic bags, they are not recyclable and usually wind up in the landfill after less than 50 uses ... you have to wash them after every use if you put fresh foods in them taking energy, water and detergent ... we use plastic bags for our trash cans that always go into the landfill, should we ban those too ? Even if these plastic bags wind up in landfills, they are made with such little material it really doesn't make a difference. This ban is simply a feel good thing. Using paper is horrible for the environment. We should encourage responsible use, make recycling easy by making EDCO and other companies take bundled bags ... or drop them off at the supermarket ... I am not a fan of any ban like this, I'm a fan of consumer choice so I vote by spending my money places that are convenient for me. I cater occasionally, I work with restaurants .. it gives me the heebejeebees thinking about people putting fresh produce in a reusable bag that had proteins in it, stored in the trunk ... Norwalk virus is no fun ...

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