Boston Plastic Bag Ban Vote Tomorrow!

The City Council may choose to vote tomorrow (Wednesday, 11/29) to enact a plastic bag ban ordinance. Opponents of the ban are already bombarding the councilors and the mayor with “vote no” emails, so we need to do all we can to turn out calls and emails in favor of the ban.
Call your district councilor and all of the at-large councilors as well as the mayor and ask them to support the ban!
Contact your District City Councilor, the At-Large Councilors, and Mayor Walsh BY WEDNESDAY MORNING: Tell them to support the plastic bag ban! It is time for Boston to do this—60 other towns and cities in Massachusetts have already passed bans.
District City Councilors
At-Large City Councilors
Annissa Essaibi George: 617-635-4376A.E.George@boston.gov
Mayor Marty Walsh: Call 311 and/or email: mayor@boston.gov and pls copy his chief of staff on your email: david.sweeney@boston.gov
Boston should be leading the way, not trailing behind the 60 Massachusetts towns that have already banned plastic bags.
Tell the City Councilors they should vote in favor of the plastic bag ban ordinance (#17-19)!
Here are some reasons why we need to ban plastic bags; they are:
—made from fossil fuels so contribute to our dependence on petroleum.
—a major litter problem, thanks especially to their aerodynamic qualities.
—used for an average of 12 minutes and then live nearly forever in our landfills.
—breaking the recycling equipment, costing the City money and time to repair.
—almost never recycled and nearly impossible to recycle properly anyway.
—not free from stores! The cost paid by stores for bags is passed along to shoppers.
—dangerous to both domestic and wild animals, who eat them and die.
Tell Mayor Walsh he should support the plastic bag ban ordinance because:
—Boston has repeatedly been voted the “greenest city in the U.S.”; why haven’t we banned
plastic bags already?
—Plastic bags didn’t exist until the 1970s; we all managed just fine without them.
—Plastic bags are banned all over the world, including Ireland in 2002. What is wrong with Boston?
—As part of the ordinance outreach, free reusable bags will be distributed in low-income areas and
to seniors; as Councilor Pressley points out: low-income communities suffer the most from trash due to single-use bags and should’t be used as an excuse not to ban plastic bags.

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