Beth­le­hem should ban sin­gle-use plas­tic bags

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

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

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