Ban Single Use Plastic Bags in Omaha

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Bold action is needed on climate change! Let's make a stand and do something that will make a real difference.

  • Plastic bags are used for an average of 12 minutes.
  • According to Waste Management, only 1 percent of plastic bags are returned for recycling. That means that the average family only recycles 15 bags a year; the rest ends up in landfills as litter.
  • Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture.
  • It only takes about 14 plastic bags for the equivalent of the gas required to drive one mile.
  • Target gives away enough plastic bags a year to wrap around the Earth 7 times.
  • The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year.
  • Up to 80 percent of ocean plastic pollution enters the ocean from land.
  • At least 267 different species have been affected by plastic pollution in the ocean.
  • 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic bags annually.
  • One in three leatherback sea turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs.
  • It takes 500 (or more) years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill. Unfortunately the bags don't break down completely but instead photo-degrade, becoming microplastics that absorb toxins and continue to pollute the environment.

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