Local Bag Ban Stronger Than State Measures
To the Editor:
I am extremely disturbed by the prospect of our legislative council repealing Newtown’s plastic bag ban. While I understand that we now have a state ban, it’s important to note that our ban is stronger and goes farther than the Connecticut ban.
The state ban does not charge consumers for paper bags and it is this 10 cent charge that encourages the use of reusable bags. Many people don’t know that paper bags arguably have a greater carbon footprint than do plastic bags. Their manufacturing causes many millions of mature trees to be cut down, they are made with chemicals that leach into the environment, and they don’t break down easily in the landfills where they inevitably end up.
Please attend the Legislative Council meeting on January 18 and tell our council NOT to repeal our plastic bag ban. Let’s keep Newtown’s ban in place and continue to encourage the use of reusable bags!