Bag ban welcome
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.