NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Opinion

April 3, 2014

Time to deal with plastic bag problem

To the editor:

How did we manage before plastic bags began to clog drains and machinery? When did a good idea for convenience turn into trash along the Merrimack, Plum Island beaches and in our parks?

How can we address the visual and chemical pollution produced by the use of plastic shopping bags? When is it the responsibility of community and elected leaders to seek a solution to this problem?

As a community, Newburyport has always taken pride in the beauty of its physical surroundings. Visual pollution of plastic bags in trees and on sidewalks reduces property values and harms retail economic development. It is not just visual pollution that is a problem but also the microscopic bits of plastic that cause health problems for both birds and humans.

Is it not now time to address this problem as we have addressed others in the past?

Walt Thompson

Newburyport

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