Plastic bag ban in Guilford, CT

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Disposable single-use plastic bags, introduced just 40 years ago, are currently consumed at an alarming global rate of 500 billion per year. As a concerned citizen and constituent of Guilford, I am writing to ask you to consider introducing legislation that places a charge on these bags or replaces them with alternative materials, a solution proven effective around the world.

Single-use, disposable bags present an insidious threat to our environment on multiple levels.They often wind up in waterways or on the landscape, becoming eyesores and degrading water and soil as they break down into tiny toxic bits.Their manufacture, transportation and disposal use large quantities of non-renewable resources and release equally large amounts of global-warming gases.
These problems can be mitigated by simply advocating — and legislating — the consumption of fewer disposable bags and the use of reusable ones. One easy way to do this is by charging for their usage at the point of purchase.This was successfully done in Ireland, where the government introduced a plastic bag tax (PlasTax) that has cut consumption by over 90% and raised $9.6 million for environmental and waste management projects. Retailers were happy as well: they both saved the costs of bag purchases and improved their public image by doing the right thing.

Please consider legislation for a bag charge or ban here in Guilford. It creates a foundation for both consumer responsibility and market-based solutions to environmental problems. And it’s an easy, win-win solution to a problem that has gotten out of control.

Daniela Balzano
Founder, Plastic-Free Guilford