Bethlehem should ban single-use plastic bags
According to an April 2 article in The Morning Call, there is a movement afoot in Bethlehem to ban single-use plastic bags. The city’s Environmental Advisory Committee is urging the city council to work toward implementing a ban on single-use plastic bags.
Recently several cities (nearby, Narberth in Montgomery County) and several states have passed such legislation. The minimal cost to the individual is learning to change habits by keeping reusable bags handy in the car, but the payoff for our environment is huge.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity: ■ Plastic bags start out as fossil fuels and end up as
deadly waste in landfills and the ocean.
■ American families on average take home 1,500 plastic bags per year, and only 1% of those bags are returned for recycling.
I applaud Bethlehem citizens for engaging the city council on this issue and encourage all residents to get involved to make a ban happen at the county, state or local level.
Mary Ellen O’Connell
Hanover Township, Northampton County