Time to ditch plas­tic bags

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE -

FROM: TONY MULLEN ELKTON

It has been in the news, es­pe­cially in Delaware, that en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists are try­ing to get a fee at gro­cery stores for plas­tic bags. I have no­ticed when I shop very few peo­ple bring their own bags. This is a huge prob­lem. Al­ready there are 500 bil­lion bags used world­wide ev­ery year. In the Pa­cific Ocean, there is a mess of plas­tic two times the size of Texas.

Plas­tic bags are a men­ace to the world. Peo­ple age 6 or older have a pos­i­tive test for the plas­tic chem­i­cal BPA. I could go on and on about the dan­gers of plas­tics de­cay­ing in our oceans, lakes, rivers and ponds. Peo­ple who have cho­sen to ed­u­cate them­selves on the sub­ject know plas­tic is ter­ri­ble to the en­vi­ron­ment. So what can be done? I would like to ask ev­ery­one read­ing this to start by bring­ing their own bags to the store (and then hold them for the cashier to make it eas­ier for them to bag.) Please re­cy­cle what you can. Also, I would like to ask the pow­ers that be — law­mak­ers and high-rank­ing busi­ness peo­ple — to give peo­ple an in­cen­tive to bring their own bags. A good start would be to charge peo­ple 5 cents for ev­ery plas­tic bag they get at the gro­cery. This has been very suc­cess­ful wher­ever it has been tried.

I’d love to see Mary­land be a part of this move­ment to get these dan­ger­ous, toxic items out of our wa­ter sys­tem.

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