Ban Plastic Bags in Cincinnati

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Help Cincinnati join the movement in reducing the production and usage of plastic by banning plastic bags. Plastic bags cannot easily be recycled (only 5% are recycled) and make up a great amount of litter in our area killing wildlife, smothering plants, adding to the massive amount of nonbiodegradable material, and releasing toxic chemicals into the air, soil, and waterways. The Ohio River connects with the Mississippi River which flows out into the ocean contributing to the detrimental effects plastic has on marine life. By banning plastic bags, we will not only contribute to creating a healthier community, but also creating a more beautiful city. This small change in lifestyle will be incredibly beneficial to our community and could spark an influence of positive change in the way Cincinnati sees the environment. 

Here are just a few examples of the impacts plastic bags have on the environment:

Plastic Pollution: The Plastic Bag Impact

Plastic Bags and the Environment: Effect on Marine Life

Using Plastic Bags and Its Damaging Impact on Environment and Agriculture

*Each year, Americans throw away 100 Billion plastic bags (Worldwatch Institute)

*Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to break down, so even when an animal dies and decays after ingesting a bag, the plastic re-enters the environment, posing a continuing threat to wildlife. (Worldwatch Institute)

*There is an estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic in each square mile of ocean releasing deadly compounds including PCBs and DDE, entangling and killing wildlife. (Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme)

*Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to break down, so even when an animal dies and decays after ingesting a bag, the plastic re-enters the environment, posing a continuing threat to wildlife. (Worldwatch Institute)

*At least 267 different species are known to have suffered from entanglement or ingestion of plastic marine debris. (Worldwatch Institute)

*The amount of petroleum used to make a plastic bag would drive a car about 115 meters. It would take only 14 plastic bags to drive one mile!1 (Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme)



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