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Wydown Middle School Students Launch Campaign to Ban Plastic Bags in Clayton


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The Great Pacific Plastic Patch.
The plastic ends up poisoning and killing marine life, including plants that are the planet's main source of oxygen. And then there's the Great Pacific Plastic Patch. It's roughly size of the continental U.S., says Millett, and is comprised of plastic carried by currents from China, Japan, the Philippines and the U.S., some of the biggest plastic users (or abusers) in the world.

Closer to home, plastic bags land in the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and plastic dust from landfills gets ingested by animals who, in turn, pass them on to the humans who eat them. Plastic particles are toxic and have been known to cause brain and breast cancer.

Even plastic bags that get recycled are eventually converted into non-recyclable materials, such as Styrofoam.

Maybe it goes without saying, but none of the members of the campaign use plastic bags anymore. Neither do their parents. Instead they use paper or canvas bags for shopping and bags made from ethanol to clean up after their dogs.

"The stats and information are so powerful," says Schneider, "that it makes you inclined to start thinking about waste. It's been relatively easy to convince people, once they're open to thinking about it."

"A lot of people aren't open, though," Millett says sadly. "But we're in it for the long haul."


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willywonka
willywonka

Is that guy really on a canoe in the middle of the pacific : /

James Madison
James Madison

Charge for the bags. Simple. Keep the damn government out of it! Will I pay a penny more for a plastic bag? You bet I will! They make excellent wastepaper basket liners. They also serve excellent as a lunch bag. I can get 2-3 uses form each bag before I properly dispose of it. We need to re-educate people about littering. It is shameful seeing kids litter. When I was young, we never dreamt of littering. An entire generation has grown up without shame for littering.

Rhiannon Gurley
Rhiannon Gurley

yes, get those lazy folks to bring in bags and seek alternatives for cat litter waste (not toilet), recycle more to decrease trash which decreases bag use amount

Marisela Rivas
Marisela Rivas

Aldi charges for bags so people would get used to it quick. Maybe it'll cut down on some of the trash in the city.

Tim Howell
Tim Howell

Yes unless they are made thick enough to use again.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

not unless they make paper bags out of hemp

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