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Source: The Rye Record

Why Ban Plastic Bags?

Posted: December 7, 2011
Originally Published: December 6, 2011

Dear Editor,

Rye has emerged as a potential leader in the fight to reduce harmful and unnecessary plastic bag pollution. The City Council is considering an ordinance that would ban disposable plastic bags from checkout counters throughout the city. As demonstrated at the last City Council meeting, there is strong public support.

A global trend toward reusable bags is emerging. Increased public education is leading consumers to cut down on personal plastic bag use. However, laws banning disposable bags are at the forefront of this movement and are driving this trend. The first bag legislation in Ireland led to a 94% decrease in disposable bag use within weeks, and a ban in Westport led to a remarkable 70% increase in reusable bag use. Rye now has the opportunity to be a regional leader in the Long Island Sound community. We are counting on the City Council to do the right thing, and pass this common sense law December 7.

Jordan Christensen

Jordan Christensen is CCE's Hudson Valley Program Coordinator