- Christine C. QuinnCity Council Speaker of New York City
New York City Lets Go Next with San Jose and Pass a Landmark Plastic Bag Ban.
The Truth About Plastic
Plastic fragments contaminate even the most remote locations on earth. Harmful chemicals leached by plastics are present in the bloodstream and tissues of almost every one of us.
Plastic pollution harms people, animals, and the environment. Plastic is not biodegradable. In the marine environment, plastic breaks down into smaller and smaller particles that absorb toxic chemicals, are ingested by wildlife, and enter the food chain that we depend on.
Consumption of throwaway plastics, such as bottles, containers, bags, and packaging, has spiraled out of control.
Recycling is not a sustainable solution. Most of our plastic waste is landfilled, or exported to other countries. And tragically, millions of tons of plastic poison our ocean, rivers and lakes. Businesses and governments must take responsibility for new ways to design, recover and dispose of plastics.
Plastic pollution is the visible symbol of our global crisis of over-consumption. Let's pledge to shift our societies away from the disposable habits that poison our waters and land, eliminate our consumption of throwaway plastics, and begin embracing a culture of sustainability.
We can start with banning the single use of plastic bags, who are very big culprits in the act of pollution.
- City Council Speaker of New York City
Christine C. Quinn
I am writing to encourage your council to join the city of San Jose who recently just issued a ban on single-use plastic bags in their city. Single-use plastic bags are one of the major sources of plastic pollution on the planet, contributing to the declines in marine life and seabirds from west coast to east coast of the United States and the world.
Indeed, plastic bags do take their toll. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in the United States alone more than 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are used each year. Worldwide, the number of plastic bags used is anywhere from 500 billion to 1 trillion every year. Meanwhile, Americans throw away about 100 billion plastic bags each year, according to the Worldwatch Institute, as only 0.6 percent to 1 percent of them are ever recycled.
New York City needs to make a commitment to greener, healthier lifestyles for its residents and I think you are starting to move in that direction already but more can be done. Please I ask for your help to step up to the plate and ban the use of plastic bags in all stores throughout your beautiful city.
Thank you for your attention concerning this very important issue and I hope to see your effort ignite in this wave of concern to make your city a better place for its residents.
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