Every year, New York City throws away 5.2 billion plastic bags! On average, over 500,000,000 of those will find their way to the ocean, where their tiny scraps of chemical components will swirl around for eternity, as if caught in a toilet that never flushes.
Our oceans are choking on billions of tons of plastic waste that will float there forever. New York City has a bold plan to reduce single-use plastic bag trash. I urge the City Council and urge your readership to likewise adopt one of the most effective ways to reduce plastic pollution with a ten cent fee for single-use plastic bags.
Just how spoiled have we become? Is it so inconvenient to carry reusable shopping bags in our car trunks? A very small price to pay to protect our world, waterways, marine creatures and birds.
Joseph M. Varon
New York State Marine Education Association