Plas­tic is still end­ing up in our land­fills

The Mercury News - - Opinion -

While it may be true that the re­ported num­ber of dis­carded plas­tic bags has been re­duced to as lit­tle as 10 per­cent since 2010 (“Suc­cess! State’s plas­tic bag ban is work­ing,” Edi­to­rial, Nov. 14), most re­tail­ers that of­fer plas­tic bags have turned to re­us­able bags that con­tain 10 times as much plas­tic as the flimsy sin­gle use bags which are ob­so­lete now. So the net re­sult is the same amount of plas­tic con­tent is end­ing up in lit­ter and land­fills. But worse, these hefty re­us­able bags take 10 times longer to de­cay and break down in the en­vi­ron­ment. We would have been bet­ter off with more sin­gle-use bags that de­grade much sooner. — Ron Knapp, Saratoga

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