Bag ban wel­come

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Opinion - Judy Liebe­skind of Stam­ford is en­vi­ron­men­tal chair of WOW.

To the ed­i­tor,

Women On Watch (WOW), an ad­vo­cacy group for se­lected is­sues, is pleased that the Board of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has passed a plas­tic bag ban with a 10-cent fee for pa­per bags. We feel that this will ac­com­plish sev­eral im­por­tant goals. It will prompt us to bring our own re­us­able bags, thereby en­cour­ag­ing us to re­use, re­use, re­use. We need to get away from our throw­away habits, which gen­er­ate tons of trash that is costly to man­age.

The fee will pro­vide an in­cen­tive to re­mind us to bring a re­us­able bag. It will re­mind us that we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to our en­vi­ron­ment to re­duce lit­ter and the amount of plas­tic en­ter­ing our wa­ters and sick­en­ing and some­times killing our wildlife. Tur­tles may choke on them; whales, dol­phins, seals and por­poises mis­take them for jel­ly­fish. Ul­ti­mately we may be con­sum­ing the plas­tic, which is be­ing con­sumed by the fish.

Many cities, large and small, have suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented this pro­gram and the pop­u­la­tions rou­tinely com­ply with it. Cities in­clude Wash­ing­ton D.C., Seat­tle, San Fran­cisco, Boul­der, Colo., and Cor­val­lis, Ore. Europe has been do­ing this for decades.

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