Time to ditch plastic bags
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.