Re: “Tacoma plastic bag ban advances, but with help for families on cost.” (TNT, 4/28).
The article indicates 534 tons of plastic waste made it to Tacoma’s landfill last year. However, the article is more about plastic bags than other plastic waste. How was this 534 tons measured? Was it measured by the total number of trucks to the landfill?
Have you taken in consideration how these bags are reused by residents? Sure, some bags are not discarded properly, as are other items such as soda bottles, cans and various drink containers, fast food containers,boxes cups and lids, disposable diapers, and all types of other trash.
Plastic bags and other improperly discarded trash are strictly the fault of thoughtless people who show lack of care for the environment.
Reusable bags have a larger impact on the environment than plastic bags -- the fuel to produce, and manufacture them, plus the water and detergent to clean them for reuse, and the electrical power to dry them.
A ban on plastic bags will not eliminate improperly disposed plastics and garbage.