Help Fight Disposable Bag Pollution in Erie County

Tell the Erie County Legislature to take action on bag pollution!

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Single-use plastic and paper bags are environmentally harmful and completely unnecessary. Reducing disposable plastic and paper bag use in Erie County would reduce litter in our parks, open spaces, roads, and shorelines; save valuable natural resources; protect wildlife and the Great Lakes; and promote the cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative, reusable bags.

More than 200 local governments in the United States, spanning eighteen states and the District of Columbia, have already adopted bans on disposable bags and/or charges for bags provided at the register. Time and time again, these local laws have demonstrated great success in reducing disposable bag pollution while promoting and increasing the use of sustainable reusable bags.

The Erie County Legislature must take action to reduce disposable bag pollution and promote environmentally friendly reusable bags! Email the Legislature today, and call for action on bag pollution.

Background:

Plastic and paper bags have become ubiquitous and are taking a toll on our environment and economy. According to the EPA, between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year, and each of those bags is used for an average of 12 minutes. These bags, which never fully break down, end up in our landfills, parks, beaches, roadways, parking lots, and waterways. Disposable bags are harmful, wasteful, costly, and unnecessary. Problems with disposable bags:

Both plastic and paper bags require vast amounts of our natural resources to manufacture and transport. Paper bags use approximately 14 million trees every year. To produce the 100 billion plastic bags that are thrown away in U.S. every year, 2.2 billion pounds of fossil fuel and 3.9 billion gallons of fresh water are required, while a billion pounds of solid waste and 2.7 million tons of CO2 are generated.
Disposable bags often end up as unsightly litter in our communities, and when it rains this litter is swept into storm drains, blocking them and causing infrastructure damage and localized flooding.
Plastic bags never fully break down; they photodegrade into smaller and smaller pieces. Fish and wildlife consume plastic pieces, mistaking them for food, or become ensnared in plastic debris.
U.S. retailers spend approximately $4 billion annually to purchase disposable bags, which is being passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices. Municipalities are also spending millions of dollars to dispose of plastic bags.
 

Thank you for taking action. Together we make a difference!

Sincerely,

All of Us at CCE