Pass ordinance to ban single-use plastic in Ruston, LA

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Plastic has become a major problem for the environment over the past 50 years. Plastic takes well over 400 years to decompose in landfills. It ends up as litter and harms wildlife and birds, causing painful deaths. Much of it makes its way into rivers, streams, and ultimately the ocean, harming or killing fish and marine animals when they ingest it. Humans then eat those fish, which exposes us to toxins. Eight million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean EACH YEAR. That is the equivalent of five grocery bags of plastic trash for every foot of coastline around the globe!

For the above reasons, the LPCC Environmental Group is asking you to join other cities around the country, and other countries around the world by passing an ordinance banning single-use plastic in Ruston by December, 2020. Plastic bags are particularly problematic, so we are requesting that you instate a mandatory 5 cent per bag fee to be collected by grocery stores and restaurants to begin on January 1, 2020, and these funds to be dedicated to parish cleanup. We hope this will be an incentive for people to transition to reusable bags before a December, 2020 ban on single-use plastic in the city.

Please move Ruston forward boldly to address the steadily increasing problem of plastic pollution that is causing harm to wildlife, birds, fish, marine creatures, and ultimately to human beings. Thank you for your serious consideration of this request from your constituents.