Saturday, March 21, 2015

Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance

Dear friends and neighbors,

You may be aware that a Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance was presented to the Town Council for their consideration at the March 17th meeting.

This is such an important step toward reducing litter in our town and damage to our environment.

If you support the elimination of the single use thin plastic bag in our town, it would be helpful if you let the councilors know. There is misinformation that calls the ordinance “a ban”. The proposal suggests that thin plastic bags of 2.5 mils or less be eliminated. This is to encourage the use of reusable bags. Bags used to contain dry cleaning, newspapers, produce, meat, bulk foods, and wet items will be permissible. This proposal will be sent to the Economic Development Committee and then there will be a follow-up public hearing.

We are including a few important facts FYI and hope you might refer to some of them in your note to the councilors:

The U.S. uses 100 billion plastic bags, and only 5% are recycled.

They consume millions of gallons of oil & gas to make them.

An estimated 1 million seabirds are killed by plastic trash a year.

Plastic bags can take over 300 years to break down

Please help this ordinance become a reality.

Here are the councilors e-mail addresses. We would suggest sending a note to all of them (not just yours):

Thank you.
Bridgewater Green Committee

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