Letter to the Editor from Nancy Schreiber >> It’s encouraging that our community is at the forefront of plastic bag issue. I applaud City Council for considering the Greenteam’s initiative of implementing an ordinance to charge a fee on single-use plastic bags.
Banning plastic bags from Brigantine Farmers Market has been a success. It’s has not deterred people from flocking to the market during warm months.
A very successful grocery chain; Aldi’s, in New Jersey and throughout the US, is at the forefront of charging consumers for paper and plastic bags. As a result, the majority of shoppers bring their own recycled bags, so they don’t have to purchase bags. I’m one of those shoppers. This encourages the consumer to use reusable bags.
BJ’s Wholesale doesn’t provide any type of bag for the consumer. These merchant success stories prove that Acme, Wawa and other merchants should have no problem stepping up to Brigantine’s request to help our environment by either charging for, or banning plastic bags.
Brigantine: it’s time to stop polluting our shorelines with plastic. We need to educate the public to the fact that plastic kills marine life.
Fish and birds mistake this plastic for food. They ingest and die because they can’t digest this plastic. Brigantine’s Marine Mammal Stranding Center has displays and educational materials explaining these facts.
Another fact to consider: the size of the dead zone of plastic that lies in the Pacific Ocean. It’s estimated to be well over the size of the state of Texas. We need to put an end to this source of pollution, by starting as a shore community to pass this valuable ordinance.
Our actions will speak louder than words. It’s time to stop using plastic bags. By taking this valuable first step of passing the ordinance and charging for plastic bags, Brigantine will be at the forefront. We’ll send a message to other communities that our oceans, marine life and environment… matter.
Sincerely, Nancy Schreiber.
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