Topic

plastic bag ban

6 petitions

Started 6 months ago

Petition to Hartford City Council

Hartford Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT OF A SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAG BAN FOR HARTFORD, CT WHY ARE PLASTIC BAGS A PROBLEM? It takes between twenty to 1,000 years for a plastic bag to decompose. Even after decomposing, toxic plastic particles will remain in the environment forever. The manufacturing of plastic bags annually requires 2.2 billion pounds of fossil fuel and 3.9 billion gallons of fresh water, while producing a billion pounds of solid waste and 2.7 million tons of CO2. Studies have shown that only 5-10% of these plastic bags are properly recycled nationwide. Most of the remaining 90-95% enter the solid waste system and end up slowly degrading in landfills over hundreds of years, or contribute to toxic emissions at waste-to-energy facilities. Others get blown around and pollute our waterways, clog gutters and sewers, and get caught in trees therefore posing a life-threatening risk to avian and marine wildlife. In addition to the consumers’ and retailers’ expenses, single-use plastic bags cost Connecticut taxpayers millions of dollars every year for statewide disposal in the solid waste stream. They also burden municipalities which are responsible for cleaning up plastic bags from roadways and storm drains where they cause flooding. WHO HAS BANNED THE BAGS? In towns, such as Cambridge, MA, outright banning plastic bag usage was seen as immensely effective. As well, their paper bags are taxed at $0.10 a bag, which is a huge motivator for people to bring their own reusable bags. This use of reusable bags was also prompted by a Bring Your Own Bag initiative. In Cambridge, especially, the City, local nonprofits, and campaigners made canvas bags readily available for all residents. In Sommerville, over time, residents got used to bringing their own bags and it’s no longer an issue or topic of complaint. Many countries have stepped up to ban plastic bags some examples are Morocco, Rwanda, Tanzania, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Taiwan, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Scotland and England.   WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO? BRING YOUR OWN BAG (BYOB) Reusable shopping bags are more environmentally friendly than single-use bags. Analysis conducted by California State University Chico found reusable bags made from recycled polyethylene use 50% less energy, result in 40% lower emissions of climate pollution, and use 30% less water to produce than traditional, disposable plastic bags. Source: CTLCV Ed Fund www.conservationeducation.org By signing this petition you will show your support for a single-use plastic bag ban in Hartford, CT.   

Amy Merli
18 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to Kathleen McLaughlin, Jay T. Jorgensen, Scott Huff, Steve Bratspies, Andy Barron, Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Doug McMillon

Replace Single-Use Plastic Bags with Reusable Bags in Wal-Mart Stores

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences stated: "The scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to justify taking steps to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere." It's true that plastic bags are made from crude oil, a fossil fuel. In the process of making, carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is emitted into the atmosphere. According to The Wall Street Journal it is estimated that the U.S. uses around 100 billion plastic shopping bags each year. Only a fraction of those are being recycled. Plastic bags either wind up in landfills, urban landscapes, natural parks, trees, rivers, lakes, or in ocean garbage patches. Landfills are the 3rd-largest human contributer to methane emissions. Methane is a greenhouse gas and is noted, by the EPA, to absorb 25 times or more energy than carbon dioxide. Landfills are approximately 90-98% methane and carbon dioxide.In landfills, they not only add to the emissions of methane and carbon dioxide, but they add to ground water pollution. The leachates, the toxic liquid, that seeps into the ground, may and do reach our fresh waterways. Once in our fresh waterways, the leachates, may and do make their way into our homes & drinking water. Plastic bags in urban and natural environments harm wildlife and are far from aesthetically pleasing. In urban areas, pigeons and other birds mistake them for food. In our waters, they break down into finer, sometimes microscopic pieces, where fish naturally take them as food. This can damage health or kill aquatic life. Not only that, but we eat some of those fish, which means tiny pieces of plastic can end back up in our bodies. It is estimated that around 14 billion pounds of trash, much of it plastic, is dumped in the ocean each year. We are caretakers of Earth, and there truly is no other way. We need to work to create a community and a nation and a human society that is sustainable, moving toward harmony with the Earth. This is so that we, and our great grandchildren, may live. If we don't work toward this, we may have to struggle to live on Earth! If we don't take action, we will soon learn what it means to live with a future of rising temperatures, rising sea levels, pollution in our groundwater, pollution in our air, and massive loss in biodiversity. After the banning of single-use plastic bags. Replace them by selling reusable bags for $1.00. They are made from recycled plastic, or from different material. One, two, or three reusable bags per person will have far less negative impact with regard to climate change because they will last weeks, if not months, if not a year! And they will far less likely be polluted into our environments because plastic bags fly with the wind. They are also very convenient to carry and can carry heavy grocery loads. Please, with our urgent wishes, grant this into action, for the sake of our human health and health of the planet.

Gerrit Schaap
385 supporters