Banning, Selling Plastic bags in Stores

Posted in the Dousman Forum

Angela Goessner

Oconomowoc, WI

#1 Jul 29, 2012
Disposable single-use plastic bags, introduced just 25 years ago, are currently consumed at an alarming global rate of 500 billion per year. As a concerned citizen, I am writing to ask you to consider introducing legislature that taxes these bags, a solution proven effective around the world. 
 


Single-use disposable bags present an insidious threat to our environment on multiple levels. They often wind up in waterways or on the landscape, becoming eyesores and degrading water and soil as they break down into tiny toxic bits. Their manufacture, transportation and disposal use large quantities of non-renewable resources and release equally large amounts of global-warming gases. Ecologically, hundreds of thousands of marine animals die every year when they eat plastic bags mistaken for food.


These problems can be mitigated by simply advocating—and legislating—the consumption of fewer disposable bags and the use or reusable ones. One easy way to do this is by charging for their usage at the point of purchase. This was successfully done in Ireland where the government introduced a plastic bag tax (PlasTax) that has slashed consumption over 90% and raised $9.6 million for environmental and waste management projects. Retailers were happy, as well: they both saved the costs of bag purchases and improved their public image by doing the right thing.


Please consider legislation for a PlasTax here in our home state. It creates a foundation for both consumer responsibility and market-based solutions to environmental problems. And it's an easy, win-win solution to a problem that has gotten out of control.


Sincerely,
 
 Angela Goessner

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Dousman Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Steven Walters: E-cigarette popularity lights u... Mar '15 gravytrain 2
Debate: Iowa GOP Debate - Oconomowoc, WI (Aug '11) Feb '15 Right to Free Speech 3
News Walker's budget questioned by Republicans, too Feb '15 lLL 1
Review: Super Sealers Asphalt Maintenance Jan '15 AmandaH 2
Review: Deb's Main Street Diner (Feb '14) Feb '14 Tobias Tyranus Ti... 1
News Man faces 12 counts of contempt of court after ... (Jul '13) Jul '13 wish not to say 1
News Report: Woman used son to sell drugs (Apr '12) Apr '12 Darkgally 2
More from around the web

Dousman People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]