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?

Concerned Parent April 24, 2014 at 01:35 PM
if we are talking about landfill issues, we can very easily talk about any foam or plastic item that is disposed.
Thomas Paine April 25, 2014 at 07:55 AM
Ban plastic Solos cups!
Hollywood2 April 25, 2014 at 09:21 PM
If we were more like Colorado, we would have hootch instead of plastic and no one would care
Igor April 26, 2014 at 07:59 AM
Well if all plastic bags were banned how would they buy their pot that they want to legalize?
Yankeelover April 27, 2014 at 10:12 PM
If you want to really stop this nonsense then the question is - do we recycle or not. Look at this video and you'll answer the question. http://www.youtube.com/embed/qGGabrorRS8?rel=0 We have the technology why not use it. CRRA could do this for all plastics collected not only the plastic bags.


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