As a resident, customer, or tourist in Long Beach, New York, I proudly support the creation of a Reusable Bag Ordinance for the City of Long Beach, NY.
Such an ordinance could include an elimination of disposable plastic checkout bags with a small fee on paper bags at most food retailers, or a fee on all bags.
Long Beach, NY is a premiere place to live, shop, and visit, and should join the 5 other municipalities on Long Island and hundreds of towns, cities and states who have already passed similar reusable bag legislation.
Plastic bag pollution is an eyesore and damages our natural surroundings. It causes sewer back-ups, never biodegrades, costs taxpayer dollars to clean up and store in landfills, harms wildlife, is part of the plastic soup accumulating in the ocean, and is generated from non-renewable and often dirty “fracked” natural gas.
Recycling single use plastic bags is a toxic and expensive process and not a viable solution. Less than 10% are actually recycled.
I pledge to bring my own reusable bags instead!