“What to do with an estimated 90 million plastic shopping bags used in Thurston County each year?thats the question the Thurston County Solid Waste Division is taking to the streets this summer with forums where residents, business leaders, and non-profit organizations can get involved and give comments on the issue.
People are always surprised when they hear that only about four percent of those bags get recycled. Its a real problem, said Terri Thomas, Education and Outreach Specialist with the countys Solid Waste Division. Community input is critical as we identify possible solutions to the growing problem of single-use shopping bags.
The Community Conversations on Plastic Bags series of public meetings kicks off with a presentation from Mark Daniels of the American Progressive Bag Alliance to the Thurston County Solid Waste Advisory Council on Thursday, August 9 (complete schedule below). The public is invited to attend the advisory council meeting.
Other Community Conversation meetings will be held throughout the county in August and September, where the public is invited to give ideas and comments on the issue of plastic bags.”
Note Yelm’s Community Conversation on Plastic Bags:
Wed, Aug 22,6 8 pm
Gordons Grange Building
302 E Yelm Ave.
Mayor Harding said at a recent city council session that the city was not interested in participating in a bag ban, saying the city’s place is not to dictate if a city uses paper or plastic.