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Postby jsompinm » Tue, 22 Jan 2013 3:21 pm

I find the overuse of plastic bags hideous as well. And the problem is exponential as there is not that much of recycling going on. Maybe the idea is to dump the plastic bags into the ocean and get some more "land" that way...

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Postby zzm9980 » Tue, 22 Jan 2013 3:43 pm

jsompinm wrote:I find the overuse of plastic bags hideous as well. And the problem is exponential as there is not that much of recycling going on. Maybe the idea is to dump the plastic bags into the ocean and get some more "land" that way...


Could lower property prices. Sounds win-win to me!

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Postby ankle » Thu, 24 Jan 2013 1:23 am

Well, I used to work as a cashier in a supermarket as vacation job. I'll have to say, some customer are really very very particular about packaging. If you packed it wrongly (ie, wet and dry goods, fragile and non fragile, consumable and non consumable in a bag), you might get scolded by nasty customer (regardless nationality).

Regarding recycling,
In ntuc, if you give your recycle bags to the cashier, they'll help you to pack your groceries nicely into your recycle bags and gave you 10cent rebate. But then again, after travelling to other countries, i'll say the "recycle" culture in sg is still quite behind comparably.

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Postby Travailes » Fri, 25 Jan 2013 2:06 pm

ankle wrote:Regarding recycling,
In ntuc, if you give your recycle bags to the cashier, they'll help you to pack your groceries nicely into your recycle bags and gave you 10cent rebate. But then again, after travelling to other countries, i'll say the "recycle" culture in sg is still quite behind comparably.


Bet they are monitoring that back at HQ in case profits take a dive. I doubt it ! It's 10 cents per transaction not per bag you bring. Probably count the number of rebates on one hand every day.

I think countries like Ireland have got it right. There, you pay for every bag you use. It took time to get used to, was a pain in the arse when you forgot your shopping bags but it has moved the mindset and now is part of the landscape.
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Postby Mi Amigo » Fri, 25 Jan 2013 3:22 pm

I agree about the general complacency regarding recycling here. More often than not, any initiatives aremore about marketing and 'ticking boxes' than a genuine desire to make real progress. IIRC though, Ikea have been charging for bags for some time here. IMO that is the easiest way to control the use of plastic bags, etc.
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Postby ankle » Fri, 25 Jan 2013 5:44 pm

@Travailes,
I meant 10cents per transaction. Well, at least ntuc is making the effort to encourage people to use recycle bags and I applauded them for that. =D>

@amigo,
The govt did tried to encourage people to conserve energy and use recycle bags and recycle the rubbish. But unfortunately, it takes 2 hands to clap and the majorities are pretty lukewarm towards govt's effort. However, I do see from time to time that people using their own recycle bags. I even gotten word of thanks from cashiers when I brought my own recycle bags. Although it is not ideal compared to other countries, I'll say the situation here is improving. :)

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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:33 pm

people at stores look at you strangely if you tell them you don't want a plastic bag. :?

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Postby nakatago » Sat, 26 Jan 2013 1:19 am

rajagainstthemachine wrote:people at stores look at you strangely if you tell them you don't want a plastic bag. :?


The same way they look at you when you:

* ask them a question clarifying something about what they sell
* ask them a question not answerable by one word
* speak to them in other than Singlish/Manglish, Mandarin, Tamil or Malay

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 26 Jan 2013 4:12 am

rajagainstthemachine wrote:people at stores look at you strangely if you tell them you don't want a plastic bag. :?



Yeah, and why do you care how some 'shop-girl' looks at you!? Does taking your own bag, end up destroying your ego because of how the bird on check-out looks at you?

My advice? F*** recycling, start by looking in the mirror.

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Postby zzm9980 » Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:21 pm

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/ik ... astic-bags

Customers will need to bring their own bags or purchase its reusable ones from March


The cynic in me says they don't give a f*** about recycling, but just have awesome margins on those re-usable bags they sell and they know most people will never remember to bring them again.

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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:39 pm

JR8 wrote:
rajagainstthemachine wrote:people at stores look at you strangely if you tell them you don't want a plastic bag. :?



Yeah, and why do you care how some 'shop-girl' looks at you!? Does taking your own bag, end up destroying your ego because of how the bird on check-out looks at you?

My advice? F*** recycling, start by looking in the mirror.


lol as usual your reply doesn't make sense.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 27 Jan 2013 5:22 pm

and yours did? :?

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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:26 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:and yours did? :?


Yes, unless you suffer from a reading comprehension problem too.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 27 Jan 2013 11:13 pm

rajagainstthemachine wrote:people at stores look at you strangely if you tell them you don't want a plastic bag. :?


Are you sure that they are looking at you strangely because you don't want a plastic bag. Or could it be you are a strange looking person? I don't know. I've never had people look at me strangely when I declined so to me your statement doesn't make any sense from my perspective.

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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:30 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
rajagainstthemachine wrote:people at stores look at you strangely if you tell them you don't want a plastic bag. :?


Are you sure that they are looking at you strangely because you don't want a plastic bag. Or could it be you are a strange looking person? I don't know. I've never had people look at me strangely when I declined so to me your statement doesn't make any sense from my perspective.


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