Failure to Think Through to the Unintended Consequences II

I posted previously about the unintended consequences of switching from disposable plastic grocery bags to reusable cloth bags provided by shoppers. I’m seeing this issue get a little bit of traction lately. The Property and Environment Research Center has an interesting PSA video on the subject.

Many jurisdictions have implemented bans or taxes on plastic grocery bags on environmental grounds. PERC Lone Mountain Fellow Jonathan Klick argues, however, that reusable grocery bags contain potentially harmful bacteria, especially coliform bacteria such as E. coli.

The explosive growth of EPA regulations has resulted in an environment of contradictory mandates and rules that are poised to do much greater harm than good. The poorly thought out grocery bag crusade is but one example.