Washingtonians use more than 2 billion single‐use plastic bags each year, and Seattle alone uses approximately 292 million plastic bags annually and only 13% are recycled. Too many plastic bags end up in Puget Sound where they do not biodegrade. Plastic bags break down into smaller and smaller pieces that remain hazardous as they are consumed by filter‐feeders,shellfish, fish, turtles, marine mammals, and birds. In 2010, a beached gray whale was found to have 20 plastic bags in its stomach!
Plastic bags cause serious environmental harm. Plastic bags break down into PCBs. PCB levels in Chinook salmon from Puget Sound are 3‐ to 5‐times higher than any other West Coast populations.
Hundreds of cities around the world have banned or taxed carryout plastic bags.
This is typically a ban just on the bags within bags into which other bags and other items are placed. As soon as you get home, they go right into the trash. In our case we stuff them into a Number 2 bag box, which we eventually take to Fred Meyers for recycling.
Unfortunately, Waste management will not take plastic bags in the recycling bin – something which should be changed. If Fred Meyer can recycle bags, Waste Management should be willing to do so as well.
Cities Which Have Banned Carryout Plastic Bags
Lynnwood should do the same.