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News Re-Usable Bag Price Increases

ImperfectPixie

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Also please note that milk cartons and juice cartons are polyethylene coated paper, so you should check your municipal recycling website to see if they accept those.

My town is switching from single-stream recycling to dual-stream recycling (paper + other) this year. With that change they are also reducing the number of plastics that they accept to 1, 2, and 5. Lots of changes as the recycling market evolves.
Thank you for adding that! We don't buy those in cartons, so I wouldn't even think of that.
 

Lensman

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Thank you for adding that! We don't buy those in cartons, so I wouldn't even think of that.
What will be hard to remember in my town is that cartons will go with plastics/glass/metal, not with cardboard/paper.

We'll get used to it again eventually, but I'll have to buy another inside recycling bin and another outside recycling bin. It was nice only having one for so many years. The hardest part will be remembering 1, 2, and 5... 1-2-5, 125.
 

matt9112

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News flash, here on the left coast nobody has changed the ‘way they live’ due to the measures taken to reduce waste caused by one time use plastic.
Many of us live near the ocean here and know first hand the issues created by irresponsible human plastic waste. Indeed that’s probably why California voters enacted the ‘single-use carryout bag ban’ via Prop 67 in the general election of Nov. 2016.
There may be issues where one could argue that voters shouldn’t be able to dictate how others live - eradication of plastic waste, however, isn’t the hill I’d choose to die on.
Likewise, to me it’s no big deal if a company like WDW bans single use bags on its private property - and based on how quickly people adjusted here I predict people going to WDW will adjust to the bag ban without any major lifestyle changes.
i still get regular bags....im not paying for bags i will bring my own ocean destroying bags if need be. im not rven against the idea it makes sense. im agaisnt forcing things upon people period. but thats a long rabbit hole.
 
I'm not sure if this was brought up as I just skimmed through the 9 pages and I'm not trying to start a political debate....But is it possible the bag price increases are due to tariffs? I do the material ordering for my work and I have personally seen 200-300% cost increase on some products due to new tariffs on Chinese goods (they are so high that manufacturing for those products is moving out of China, but thats another story for another day) and other trade rulings. So we have in turn increased our retail numbers by the same amounts in order to maintain margins. Not defending the price increase on the bags as DIS can certainly absorb some of the cost if this is the case, but just throwing it out there that maybe this isn't completely a cash grab.
 

aladdin2007

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I'm not sure if this was brought up as I just skimmed through the 9 pages and I'm not trying to start a political debate....But is it possible the bag price increases are due to tariffs? I do the material ordering for my work and I have personally seen 200-300% cost increase on some products due to new tariffs on Chinese goods (they are so high that manufacturing for those products is moving out of China, but thats another story for another day) and other trade rulings. So we have in turn increased our retail numbers by the same amounts in order to maintain margins. Not defending the price increase on the bags as DIS can certainly absorb some of the cost if this is the case, but just throwing it out there that maybe this isn't completely a cash grab.
great interesting point actually, could very well be. Have seen other specific items get a mark up as well. Especially ornaments as an example.
 

Lensman

Premium Member
I'm not sure if this was brought up as I just skimmed through the 9 pages and I'm not trying to start a political debate....But is it possible the bag price increases are due to tariffs? I do the material ordering for my work and I have personally seen 200-300% cost increase on some products due to new tariffs on Chinese goods (they are so high that manufacturing for those products is moving out of China, but thats another story for another day) and other trade rulings. So we have in turn increased our retail numbers by the same amounts in order to maintain margins. Not defending the price increase on the bags as DIS can certainly absorb some of the cost if this is the case, but just throwing it out there that maybe this isn't completely a cash grab.
This is a great point. If Disney's cost went up from $0.10/$0.15/$0.20 to $0.20/$0.25/$0.30, I could see them raising their prices from $1/$1.50/$2 to $2/$2.50/$3. /s
 

Goofnut1980

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I get the reusable bag idea, but most people will end up throwing them away anyways and it will be even thicker of a material that will never break down. It doesn't make sense. The thing is, they would have to provide something for items being shipped back to the resort. Not to mention, if I spent the money on a reusable bag and then you staple through it causing a tear, then I would be really mad after spending the money and I would expect it replaced which means the first one would be thrown in the trash. It's two fold.
 

drizgirl

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I get the reusable bag idea, but most people will end up throwing them away anyways and it will be even thicker of a material that will never break down. It doesn't make sense. The thing is, they would have to provide something for items being shipped back to the resort. Not to mention, if I spent the money on a reusable bag and then you staple through it causing a tear, then I would be really mad after spending the money and I would expect it replaced which means the first one would be thrown in the trash. It's two fold.
But Disney will have made more money on you so it won't matter.
 
Getting rid of single use bags and charging a small fee for reusuable bags works to change peoples behaviour and cut down on the amount being used. Charging too much for the resuable bag just results in annoyed customers.
It doesn't change any behavior. The anti-plastic bag folks are living a fantasy. Instead I begrudgingly waste money on buying an overpriced reusable bag, that I should add is comprised of a hundred times more plastic than a single-use bag and furthermore cannot be recycled, to just throw it away after use. They go in the trash can where they belong and fill up our landfills faster than the single use bags.

There is no way that I'm going to carry a shopping bag to a theme park. It's ridiculous!

In the past I reused many single use bags for trash or recycling. However, now I have to buy plastic bags for that need.
 

Jon81uk

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It doesn't change any behavior. The anti-plastic bag folks are living a fantasy. Instead I begrudgingly waste money on buying an overpriced reusable bag, that I should add is comprised of a hundred times more plastic than a single-use bag and furthermore cannot be recycled, to just throw it away after use. They go in the trash can where they belong and fill up our landfills faster than the single use bags.

There is no way that I'm going to carry a shopping bag to a theme park. It's ridiculous!

In the past I reused many single use bags for trash or recycling. However, now I have to buy plastic bags for that need.

You are correct that Disney are overpricing their bags, but charging for the disposable bags does change behaviour.

Ireland had a 90% drop in bag use after adding a 5c charge http://www.irishenvironment.com/iepedia/plastic-bag-levy/

Wales saw a 70% drop in a few years https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/sep/04/plastic-bag-use-down-70-wales-since-charges-began

In California where San Franciso has been charging since 2007, coastal litter of plastic bags has dropped by 72% https://earther.gizmodo.com/california-s-plastic-bag-ban-appears-to-be-kicking-some-1820443038

In this situation Disney should be charging 5/10c for a disposable bag, or $1.99 for a strong reusable.
 
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eliza61nyc

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It doesn't change any behavior. The anti-plastic bag folks are living a fantasy. Instead I begrudgingly waste money on buying an overpriced reusable bag, that I should add is comprised of a hundred times more plastic than a single-use bag and furthermore cannot be recycled, to just throw it away after use. They go in the trash can where they belong and fill up our landfills faster than the single use bags.

There is no way that I'm going to carry a shopping bag to a theme park. It's ridiculous!

In the past I reused many single use bags for trash or recycling. However, now I have to buy plastic bags for that need.
wait you say it doesn't change behavior then say you buy one. whether begrudgingly or not, you buy one. now I would think over time more people wont't just toss them away because they won't want to waste money.

it's really not as torturous as people are making it out to be. supermarkets all over town are switching back to paper bags and/or selling reusable bags. No outcry, no meltdowns. quite a number of shore towns in South Jersey have gotten rid of them.
 

drizgirl

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wait you say it doesn't change behavior then say you buy one. whether begrudgingly or not, you buy one. now I would think over time more people wont't just toss them away because they won't want to waste money.

it's really not as torturous as people are making it out to be. supermarkets all over town and switching back to paper bags and/or selling reusable bags. No outcry, no meltdowns. quite a number of shore towns in South Jersey have gotten rid of them.
But Disney isn't the grocery store. Needing to bring (and carry around) a reusable bag at a theme park is very different from keeping them in your car for when you stop at the grocery store.
 

eliza61nyc

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But Disney isn't the grocery store. Needing to bring (and carry around) a reusable bag at a theme park is very different from keeping them in your car for when you stop at the grocery store.
Why?? lol sorry most folks I see at Disney are already packed like they are hiking the Appalachian trial and won't see civilization for days. so there is no way you're convincing me that bringing in a lightweight bag is an hardship. that's one of the reason bag checks are so long.

Or maybe they can do it the opposite way like some stores, charge you a dollar for every single use bag you need.
 

LittleBuford

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But Disney isn't the grocery store. Needing to bring (and carry around) a reusable bag at a theme park is very different from keeping them in your car for when you stop at the grocery store.
A fold-up reusable bag (or even an existing plastic bag) fits in even the smallest handbag/backpack and weighs next to nothing. You're right that guests may not automatically think to bring a shopping bag with them, but it's an easy thing to start doing.
 

eliza61nyc

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A fold-up reusable bag (or even an existing plastic bag) fits in even the smallest handbag/backpack and weighs next to nothing. You're right that guests may not automatically think to bring a shopping bag with them, but it's an easy thing to start doing.
absolutely and I carry a very small crossbody bag. I fold mine up, I only need one and it drops down smaller than my wallet. done

Seriously I think most folks would be very surprise at how easy it is to bring in a bag. Heck my oldest sticks one in the side of his cargo shorts.
 

larryz

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But Disney isn't the grocery store. Needing to bring (and carry around) a reusable bag at a theme park is very different from keeping them in your car for when you stop at the grocery store.
Unless, of course, you have a background in retail, and you see each and every park as nothing more than an open-air mall with attractions...
 

BoardwalkGlenn

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There is no way that I'm going to carry a shopping bag to a theme park. It's ridiculous!
I'm with you on this. My partner & I always go bag-free into the parks. I don't want to start carrying in an empty bag in case I buy something.

But Disney isn't the grocery store. Needing to bring (and carry around) a reusable bag at a theme park is very different from keeping them in your car for when you stop at the grocery store.
100% agree! I keep the bags in my car so it's easy to take them into the grocery store. This isn't an option for me in WDW.

Why?? lol sorry most folks I see at Disney are already packed like they are hiking the Appalachian trial and won't see civilization for days. so there is no way you're convincing me that bringing in a lightweight bag is an hardship. that's one of the reason bag checks are so long.

Or maybe they can do it the opposite way like some stores, charge you a dollar for every single use bag you need.
For me, it's not a hardship to bring in the bag, more of an annoyance for me. It's that I always go bag-free into the parks. And you're right -- some folks are packed like they are going on a long hike.

I guess I'll have to buy a bag while in there if I buy something.

If I do start to carry an empty bag into the park, here's hoping that I don't have to go through the "Guests with bags" line :D:D:D
 
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