Pass On Plastic [Bags] - Eliminating plastic bags in Lancaster City, PA

Pass On Plastic [Bags] - Eliminating plastic bags in Lancaster City, PA

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Plastic is all around us. Our society has become dependent on the convenience of single-use plastics, and the use and disposal of these plastics has real environmental consequences—on water, soil, animal life, and even human life. 

The average lifespan of a single-use plastic bag is just 12 minutes, but it takes between 10 and 1,000 years for a single bag to disintegrate. Plastics do not biodegrade. They break down into smaller and smaller bits, called microplastics and nanoplastics. These tiny plastics absorb toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other illnesses and have been found in our air, water, and bodies. 

We recognize some plastics play important roles in our modern society. For example, the use of plastic in medicine controls contamination and infection. However, we are all capable of avoiding most single-use plastics. We all have the ability to reduce the colossal amounts of plastic we collectively generate.

Plastic has not always been with us, having been invented less than a century ago. We can find a way back to relying less on plastics in order to better protect our earth and ourselves.

Lancaster is a community of people who care—about others, about our shared quality of life, and our collective future—and also a community that has been experiencing the ill effects of climate change, from wildly fluctuating temperatures to excessive seasonal rainfall leading to flooding. 

We ask that the Lancaster City Council take action to reduce and ultimately eliminate plastic bags so we can preserve the land, waters, and life we love. By signing this petition, you are part of sending a powerful signal to our local City Council. 

We also want to walk the talk. By signing this pledge as consumers in Lancaster, we commit to:

• Using fewer single-use plastics, specifically fewer plastic bags 
• Using reusable bags whenever possible
• Reusing and recycling any plastic bags we use 
• Educating others about how we can all reduce plastic pollution

By signing this pledge as representatives of Lancaster businesses, we commit to reducing the number of plastic bags we use. Additionally, we seek to implement solutions to plastic pollution in Lancaster by:

• Asking customers if they want a plastic bag
• Having receptacles in-store to recycle plastic bags
• Selling reusable bags in our stores
• Posting information about where our plastics end up