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Don't delay ban on plastic bags


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 06, 2014

~~<p>It's all a question of balance. Defenders of the conventional plastic bags given out by retailers say the bags are a convenience for shoppers, especially those walking for some distance with their purchases. And the bags are often saved for other household uses.</p>
<p>But most of them are not used again, as evidenced by the recycling bins supermarkets have posted by their entrances. For every one that makes it into one of these bins, many more proliferate in dumpsters and dumps, or &mdash; worse &mdash; flutter about, sometimes ending up as threats to marine life when they land offshore.</p>
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It's all a question of balance. Defenders of the conventional plastic bags given out by retailers say the bags are a convenience for shoppers, especially those walking for some distance with their purchases. And the bags are often saved for other household uses.

But most of them are not used again, as evidenced by the recycling bins supermarkets have posted by their entrances. For every one that makes it into one of these bins, many more proliferate in dumpsters and dumps, or — worse — flutter about, sometimes ending up as threats to marine life when they land offshore. Login for more...



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