By Nick Gilbert
The residents of Seattle will be banned on using plastic bags starting from July 1 and will be charged tax as five cents on paper bags at all retail stores. The plastic bag has been banned as a result of the vote in the City of Seattle for regulation of plastic bags during late December.
According to the American Progressive Bag Alliance’s Chair, Mark Daniels, an organization that represents the plastic bag manufacturing and recycling segments in the United States has 30,800 employers in 349 communities all over the nation and their jobs are based on manufacturing and recycling of plastic bags.
Mark Daniels stated that the ban on plastic bags in Seattle will have a negative impact immediately on the wallets of the shoppers in Seattle and the environment. Now the residents of Seattle will be forced to buy reusable bags, which are imported from China. These bags cannot be recycled and have been proven to harbor harmful bacteria. He felt that those who are interested in real solutions to minimizing litter and preserving the environment must follow common sense, scientifically sound policies, especially those that would encourage a statewide recycling solution addressing all forms of plastic sacks, bags and wraps.
He added that the company intends to secure American jobs that are at risk by ideologically driven regulations, which seek a political solution instead of a eco-friendly one.
Source: American Progressive Bag Alliance