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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Friday, March 11, 2016
For more information contact:
Brian Smith, Associate Executive Director, 716-831-3206, bsmith@citizenscampaign.org

COUNTY EXECUTIVE POLONCARZ PURSUING BAG BAN!

CCE expresses strong support for initiative to curb pollution and litter in Erie County

Buffalo, NY—County Executive Poloncarz has indicated that he will be pursuing an initiative to ban disposable plastic bags at checkout counters in Erie County. In response, Brian Smith, Associate Executive Director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said:

“Disposable bags are environmentally harmful and unnecessary. While there is often a perception that these bags are free, in reality they come with a significant cost to society. Bags litter our communities, pollute waterways, kill wildlife, waste natural resources, and cost retailers money that gets passed on to the consumer. From Washington D.C. to China, governments around the world have taken steps to move away from disposable bags, and switch to environmentally friendly reusable bags.

We commend County Executive Polocarz for his leadership to end disposable bag pollution in Erie County. Just as Erie County was a national leader in the effort to ban harmful plastic microbeads, we can once again be a national environmental leader by banning disposable bags.”

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by bsmith  3/11/16