The Mat-Su has a plastic bag problem. It’s harmful to the environment, unsightly, and embarrassing.
We’ve all seen it. The urban tumbleweeds dangling from trees like ornaments along the Parks Highway or partially sunken into the mud along the banks of our waterways. Besides being an eyesore, plastic bags poise a risk to salmon returning to our local streams.
“Plankton eat it, salmon eat plankton. Salmon are also attracted to the plastic because it grows algae, so they eat it as food. So it comes back to us on our dinner plates”, Mat-Su Bag It Committee member Carol Montgomery told KTVA.
Mat-Su Zero Waste Coalition’s Plastic Bag Committee launched the Mat-Su Bag It Campaign to increase awareness and education in the Mat-Su Valley to the hazards of single-use plastic bags and to encourage a reduction in their use. The coalition’s goal is to to encourage Mat-Su residents to cut down on the use of plastic bags by using reusable bags instead. Can you blame them?
While I applaud the coalition for creating an awareness campaign, I’m afraid that if we don’t willingly decrease our use of plastic bags, we’re likely to have a proposal to ban plastic bags all together. Do we really need more government regulations to take care of this problem? Well, the coalition is gauging public opinion.
“So far, 65% of those who took the survey were in favor of some sort of regulation, either a ban or a fee,” Montgomery wrote in a piece for The People’s Paper.
Do you use single use or reusable plastic bags?
Do you support or oppose a ban or fee on single use plastic bags?
Let me know in the comments section below.