As a Delaware citizen I support a statewide prohibition in Delaware of the provision by retail stores of free non-biodegradable, single-use plastic bags and urge statewide elected officials to pass legislation to that effect. This action will promote the health and safety of wildlife and watersheds, protect the natural beauty of our communities, conserve our oil supply, increase the longevity of landfill space, reduce stormwater management system and trash management costs to taxpayers.
Like many other countries, counties and cities who have led the way, I support the effort to make Delaware the First State in the U.S. to ban plastic bags.
I support the proposed statewide ban on the provision by retail stores of free non-biodegradable, single-use plastic bags and we urge statewide elected officials to pass legislation to that effect. This action will promote the health and safety of wildlife and watersheds, protect the natural beauty of our communities, conserve our oil supply, increase the longevity of landfill space, and reduce trash management costs to taxpayers.
Plastic bags are a visual blight in our communities, clog our streams, and kill wildlife on land and in marine environments. We survived just fine without plastic shopping bags until about 1980, and we can do so again and be better for it. Plastic is a necessary item in our lives, but being made out of fossil fuels, using them so frivolously is a waste of this resource.
- 12 million barrels of oil used to make the 14 billion plastic bags Americans use each year
- 380 billion plastic bags or wraps are thrown away in the U.S. each year
- Plastic bags don't biodegrade in landfills, they photodegrade—breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and ending up in our own food chain!!
- 17 cents per bag in estimated clean up and disposal costs, wasting millions of tax dollars
- When retailers give away “free” bags, their costs are passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices
- Each high-quality reusable bag has the potential to eliminate an average of 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime.
- Only about 5% of plastic bags are ever recycled or reused
100,000+ animals die each year after ingesting plastic bags.
- 80% of the plastic bags in the ocean originate from land based sources
- Retailers actually stand to net income if a prohibition is passed as they will no longer need to provide free bags, they can profit from the sale of branded reusable bags, they will not have the expense of handling the recycling program nor cleaning up the litter and mess of bags in their parking lots and property.
Learn more at www.BringYourOwnBag.us. Thank you for supporting this legislation.
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