Coalition of community, faith groups wants city council to take action on plastic bans

WCPOPublished: October 25, 2017
Published: October 25, 2017

Maybe you reuse them to carry your lunch or take out the garbage, but a coalition of local organizations plans to start lobbying city council to take action that'll cut down on plastic bags. Restaurants and stores in cities throughout California and Texas already charge about 10 cents per bag to encourage customers to carry reuseable bags. Environmental advocates say plastic bags are costly to produce and often end up as litter in our streets and waterways. A coalition of organizations is launching its initiative at 1 p.m. Wednesday from the steps of city hall with a distribution of reuseable bags. "Single-use carryout bags require a plethora of resources to produce and distribute, they compromise the waste stream and our stormwater systems, they foul our waterways and choke tree branches and they are absolutely unnecessary," the coalition wrote in a news release. "The city must take steps to abate these problems; by acting now, we can work together to keep Cincinnati beautiful and sustainable." The coalition includes: ECO, Limestone Advocates, Sierra Club Miami Group, University of Cincinnati Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection, Imago, Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage, McMicken FreeSpace, Vegan Earth, St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church, First Unitarian Church Social Justice Committee, Community Earth Alliance and more.

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