Letter: Plastic bag ban in Falmouth is a 'no-brainer'

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In reaction to reading the Falmouth bag ban article (“Public to be heard before Falmouth drafts bag ban,” Aug. 25) and the decision by the Town Council that more pubic input is needed, please let me say this: What is there to decide?

If our town, state, country and planet can take simple measures like banning plastic shopping bags, then it should move quickly to do so. In Europe, shoppers have been taking their own shopping bags and baskets for their grocery purchases for decades. If they forget, then they are charged for these bags; therefore, they make sure not to forget. I really don’t think we need to waste time gathering public input about something as important to our planet as this. It’s a no-brainer.

Alison Hayward

  • Chew H Bird

    Here is the debate…

    Of all the things to “ban”, excessive packaging is far more intrusive regarding landfill capacity than the highly compressible flimsy plastic bags. Those supposedly single use plastic bags have a second life in trash cans in homes and offices all over and reduce costs for lower income people because they are “free”.

    Most people do not actually clean their comparatively expensive reusable shopping bags resulting in contamination which end up transferring to the check out counters at grocery stores and ultimately to your home.

    In other towns, paper bags have been included in the additional fee matrix which makes no sense as Maine is a larger supplier of paper products and has done a fantastic job of managing our forestry resources.

    If you truly want to reduce our negative environment footprint, focus on packaging, Styrofoam (even though it too can be recycled), and revising recycling programs to eliminate glass which is a major contributor to recycling being a negative cost factor.

    • Queenie42

      Yes, yes & yes! I am old enough to remember when stores like J.J. Newberry’s and other five and dime stores sold their small items in bins with a price stamped onto the item or a tag. No packaging. (One of my first jobs as a teen was counting items in the bins for inventory.)
      Our household has multiple uses for those “one use” plastic bags, from lining small trash cans to wrapping smelly things to put in the garbage can to eliminate fruit flies and odor. And brown paper bags are ideal for ice cream and frozen foods, bagging the shredder’s contents for recycling and even to wrap small items for the mail.
      We can afford to buy small plastic bags, but won’t they end up causing the same landfill problems?