ROTHENBURGER – Plastic bags – remember the shoe commercial

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THERE’S A SLOGAN in a running-shoe commercial that says, “Just do it.”

Kamloops City councillors should remember it when they talk about banning plastic bags. A notice of motion from Coun. Dale Bass will be discussed at next week’s council meeting. When it comes up for debate, there will undoubtedly be hesitation.

Everybody will agree something must be done, but it stands a good chance of getting bogged down in the details.

Some will want to go fast, some will want to go slow or kick it into somebody else’s court.

Mayor Ken Christian, for example, would rather see it done at the provincial level. He wants it discussed with retailers, too. He’s a cautious man.

Caution is often a good thing, but disposable plastic has been talked to death. As many are now realizing, and as Bass pointed out, it’s killing the planet. It piles up in our landfills and in our environment.

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote an editorial headlined, “Does council have the gumption to ban plastic bags?”


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at

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5 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – Plastic bags – remember the shoe commercial

  1. Alan kuhnert // March 30, 2019 at 7:52 PM // Reply

    For crying out loud ban the damn plastic bags. When that is done bring in organic recycling!!!?!

  2. Michele Hadley // March 30, 2019 at 10:51 AM // Reply

    Thank you for writing this Mel, and for quoting me so well! It’s hardly rocket science!

    • Michele Hadley // March 31, 2019 at 5:00 AM // Reply

      Absolutely! Curbside composting must be next. Then all single-use plastic items can be remade into compostable forms and made into new soil. Ba da boom!

  3. Bill Hadgkiss // March 30, 2019 at 9:17 AM // Reply

    Yes. Even if no other community was participating, single use of most other items is wasteful. We could do better. When I saw so many creatures starving to death, just for trying to eat, we must do better. A hard stomach stuffed with plastic items prevented the creature from living. “Murder of innocents by laziness” fits.

  4. Ian M MacKenzie // March 30, 2019 at 8:29 AM // Reply

    Now’s the time we need Donovan on council

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