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Should Your Town Ban Plastic Bags?

There's a handful of communities out there that have. And with Earth Day upon us, we want to know where you stand on this issue.

Should plastic bags be a thing of the past?
Should plastic bags be a thing of the past?
We could turn our backyard into a dog park and there still wouldn't be enough poop to fill the growing surplus of plastic bags stuffed under our kitchen sink.

But I suppose it's better to see them falling out onto my kitchen floor, occasionally reused, than have them blowing in the wind along Interstate 95 — like the plastic bag I saw Monday on my way to Milford, Conn.

That was just one bag, at one moment, in one town. That's nothing, really. But when you consider these facts from the EPA...
  • between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year
  • these bags are used for an average of 12 minutes, but they remain in our landfills, oceans, parks and beaches for thousands of years
...it becomes hard not to think that maybe there's a better alternative.

It's exactly that environmental impact on an increasingly green-minded society that has been fueling a movement away from the all-too-convenient, all-mighty plastic bag.

Chances are you have at least one reusable bag — that you got for free at some festival or were guilted into purchasing at the checkout line. You know, the one(s) you forget to bring to the grocery store every week. 

In Comes the Plastic Bag Ban

Westport may be the only town in Connecticut to have banned plastic bans (in 2009), but it is not alone.

In New York, the City of Rye, Village of Mamaroneck, and Village of Larchmont have bans on disposable bags, and Hastings-on-Hudson, Ossining, and Pleasantville are looking to join their ranks.

Taking an even wider lens, plastic bag bans exist in varying forms in communities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North Carolina, and California. Some places, like Boulder, Colo., have instituted a fee for the use of plastic bags (10 cents for each bag there).

Whether it's a fee or an outright ban coupled with an educational campaign, they are all after the same end result: making plastic bags a thing of the past.

Which takes us back to the beginning: would you like your town to ban plastic bags?

Ron Gilone April 23, 2014 at 08:48 PM
Most plastic bags from stores are HDPE (High density polyethelene). HDPE has been accepted by Brookhaven Town for recycling, but not plastic bags. WHY? - Am I missing something here?
CAPICU April 25, 2014 at 03:01 PM
Some one found a creative way for the use of plastic bags. "WARNING..............Not for the faint of heart".... http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27163855
Archie Bunker April 25, 2014 at 03:03 PM
That's a Cat-astrophe!
CAPICU April 25, 2014 at 03:10 PM
Archie: Plastic bags are PuuuurFect for that.

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