NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Opinion

June 25, 2013

Eliminate single-use plastic bags

To the editor:

I am writing in support of a proposed local ordinance to eliminate the distribution of single-use plastic bags at stores in the city of Newburyport. I was inspired to support this effort after attending the public forum and screening of the film “Bag It” at Newburyport High School last month. The well-researched information presented at the forum convinced me that this is an issue that citizens of Newburyport should address.

Kudos to the students and community members who have been involved in contacting the local business community to gauge their receptiveness to this initiative. They have worked hard to raise public awareness about the negative environmental consequences of our disposable plastic bag habit. For anyone who is interested in more information, our local cable channel 8 is screening the film “Bag It” throughout the summer.

We should join the forward-thinking people around the world who have already taken action to minimize the use of these bags. Bans or regulations on lightweight, non-biodegradable plastic bags distributed at check-out already exist in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Mexico City, Paris, and Hawaii, as well as countries including Bangladesh, China, India, Italy, Rwanda and Taiwan. These citizens have recognized the negative impact single-use bags have on our shared environment, and have found more sustainable alternatives for carrying their purchases. Let’s join them in taking action.

Julie Ryan

Newburyport

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