- John AutryCity Council Representative, District 5
- Patsy KinseyMayor
END THE PLASTIC PROBLEM : SAVE THE SEA
As Americans we throw away 100 billion plastic bags a year that is the equivalent of 12 million barrels of oil, yet only 1-2% of these bags are recycled. Thousands of marine animals and more than one million birds die annually as a result of plastic pollution. Plastic bags are ingested by animals, blocking their digestive system, resulting in death by choking,starvation,or suffocation. Animals also become entangled in plastic waste resulting in drowning, incapacitation, injury, and/or strangulation. Nearly 90% of oceanic debris is plastic. There are 46,000 pieces of plastic debris floating in every square mile of ocean. Whether the plastic photo-degrades in a landfill or in the water it never ever goes away. You and I are all a part of this. We should want to leave a healthy bright world to our children, not a world where nature's infinite beauties and possibilities are just memories lost on the wind or histories read about in books. Remember, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”.
- City Council Representative, District 5
We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge you, our community leaders to act now to put a ban on non-compostable plastic bags of all kinds and upon doing so creating a need to implement a city-wide compost site to meet the evolving waste disposal needs of Charlotte's citizens.
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