City Ordinance on Single Use Plastic Bags
The Ellsworth Green Action Team (EGAT), a subcommittee of the Ellsworth Green Plan, has drafted an ordinance for the City of Ellsworth that would ban single use carry-out plastic bags given at the point of purchase. EGAT will present that ordinance for consideration at the next regular public meeting of the City Council on February 11 at 7 pm. At least nineteen communities in Maine have already passed ordinances that limit or ban the use of single use carry-out plastic bags. Will Ellsworth soon join them?
EGAT urges people to reuse products such as shopping bags in order to reduce throw-away plastics, which are not biodegradable and will remain in our environment long into the future. Although petroleum based plastic products get broken up into smaller pieces, they are not biodegradable and will remain a problem for hundreds or thousands of years. Plastic pollution is all around us, and the deadly harm done to marine life is especially evident. Even whales are found dead, their stomachs filled with plastic debris. The Shaw Institute in Blue Hill has shown that tiny bits of plastic called micro-plastics are widespread in our nearby waters and in seafood, especially mussels, clams, and oysters. Microplastics have been found in our drinking water and table salt. Some good sources of information about plastics pollution are: The Shaw Institute in Blue Hill studies of Microplastics in the Gulf of Maine; National Geographic Magazine named their June 2018 issue Planet or Plastic?; The World Economic Forum report on The New Plastics Economy.
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