Plastic bag ban spreads across the USA

December 6, 2011 | Environment
Plastic bags: get lost

Across the USA, cities and counties are instituting fees on plastic bags, or even banning them outright, in an effort to prevent pollution and raise revenue for cash-strapped local governments.

"Plastics, especially once they get into the marine environment, are pervasive. They have dramatic effects on marine life," said Julie Lawson, chair of the D.C. chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

"A lot of Surfrider volunteers get started by attending a beach or river cleanup. What they learn is that "we could be cleaning up for the rest of our lives, and it will still show up.

Addressing it at the source through a bag ban or a fee is really the most sustainable way of addressing this trash problem."

Source: Surfrider Foundation

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