Get rid of usage of plastic bags in all supermarkets in NYC

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Though grocery stores and supermarkets such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe's use recyclable paper bags for people to carry, many other supermarkets still use plastic bags as a cheaper and easier way for people to carry their groceries. According to Waste Management, only 1 percent of plastic bags are returned for recycling. That means that the average family only recycles 15 bags a year; the rest ends up in landfills as litter. Up to 80 percent of ocean plastic pollution enters the ocean from land.Every minute, one garbage truck worth of plastic is dumped into the ocean. Yearly, a colossal 1.4 billion pounds of trash ends up in our beautiful oceans.Every second, a massive amount of 160,000 plastic bags are being produced and used. By the end of this year, we will have used 5 billion plastic bags. According to The World Count of these 5 billion bags, 5 million of them will make their way into the ocean either indirectly due to things like poor waste management, or directly by people who unfortunately do not know the significant consequences to the environment from their actions.

We can start with only a few supermarkets and eventually go mainstream, but in the end the goal is to pass a bill - a long term plastic waste plan - so all grocery stores and supermarkets in New York City, New York State and maybe even all of America provide recyclable paper bags. These supermarkets can also offer canvas bags and totes for other people to buy that they can use to carry their groceries home. The ultimate solution, not to trash in the ocean but to plastic bags in supermarkets, is to make all supermarket bags recyclable or compostable - before it's too late. This will make the bags more environment friendly and make it easier to recycle or reuse them, as well as possibly even motivate New Yorkers to come together to remind people to reuse, recycle and reduce, to save the environment and solve this problem.