Letter to the Editor: Bagging Plastic

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Letter to the Editor: Bagging Plastic

Councilmembers Brad Lander and Margaret Chin
NY Post
08/06/2014

As co-sponsors of the City Council bill to reduce plastic-bag waste, we’d like to correct inaccuracies in “The City Council’s E. Coli Fans,” by Brad Gertsman (PostOpinion, July 31).

Gertsman’s claim that reusable bags “promot[e] E. coli” is based solely on a “study” funded by the American Chemistry Council — the plastic bag-makers’ trade group. Consumer Reports notes the study looked at just 84 bags, and found little contamination: “A ‘person eating an average bag of salad greens gets more exposure to these bacteria than if they had licked the insides of the dirtiest bag from this study,’ says Michael Hansen, senior staff scientist at Consumers Union.” Reducing plastic-bag waste won’t create any public health risks.

And it won’t hurt small business, either. Retailers will keep the 10 cents they charge for each carryout bag, just like any other product.

The 10-cent charge will give us all an incentive to cut down on wasteful bag use – New Yorkers use over 5 billion carryout plastic bags every year – just as it has done successfully in many other cities.  The result: trees, gutters, and landfills free of plastic bag waste.

Don’t let lobbyists or plastic-bag manufacturers pull the plastic over your eyes.

For more information on the bill, click here.

 Bagging Plastic

 

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