Why don’t you expand the ban to single-use coffee cups and other debris that ends up in the ocean and on beaches?

Single-use foam, paper, and plastic cups do need to be dealt with and it is indeed on our list of things to address, including straws and balloons. Our approach for the wide elimination of single-use plastic bags has a focus on durable, reusable bags, and less so choosing between plastic and paper. Plastic bags are a by-product of the natural gas industry and more of it comes from fracked gas which isn’t sustainable and plastic bags last a long time. There isn’t a perfect solution but we feel moving forward with a community ban will encourage people to be mindful of all single-use items and start a wave of change.

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1. By eliminating plastic bags, the most common substitute will be paper bags. Aren’t those just as bad for the environment?
2. Can we get an ordinance to eliminate the plastic garbage bags that we pay for from the town?
3. Why don’t you expand the ban to single-use coffee cups and other debris that ends up in the ocean and on beaches?
4. Reusable bags eventually become worn out, and end up in the landfill so what is the point?
5. What are some viable alternatives to plastic bags that I can use for waste at home?
6. What steps can I take to help eliminate the use of plastic bags in my life?