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San Francisco bans sale of plastic bottles –
Why can’t Yelm be a leader and do this, too?


Photo credit: Earth We Are One (EWAO, Ltd.)

– “San Francisco Becomes First City To Ban The Sale Of Plastic Bottles”
“To curb the issue of plastic pollution, the city of San Francisco has just done something monumental: it has become the first in America to ban the sale of plastic water bottles.

The move is building a global movement to reduce the huge amount of waste from the billion-dollar plastic bottle industry which is taking a toll on the environment.

Over the next four years, the ban will phase out the sales of plastic water bottles that hold 21 ounces or less in public spaces. A waiver is permissible if an adequate alternative water source is not available, reports GlobalFlare,” quoting Amanda Froelich, EWAO.
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– “Not a Fish Tale: Humans Are Ingesting Plastic Thanks to Ocean Pollution”
Humans generate more than 300 million tons of plastic annually — an amount equal to the combined body weight of the entire global adult human population — and nearly half of the plastic is only used one time before it is tossed away to eventually find its way to the oceans. So it should come as little surprise that by 2050, it is a virtual certainty that every seabird on the planet will have plastic in its stomach.”

“The earth’s oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050, according to a January report published by the World Economic Forum,” by Dahr Jamail, Truthout.
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– “Barring Plastic Bag Bans, another ALEC Law Takes Aim at Local Democracy”
“The pay-to-play model of government advanced by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) scored another victory this week. On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Senate voted along party lines to approve a bill that would prohibit local communities from issuing their own rules on plastic bags and other containers.

This is part of an emerging national trend.

Preventing local governments from banning, charging a fee for, or otherwise regulating plastic bags is part of a national strategy by corporate interests and groups they fund, like ALEC to override progressive policy gains at the city and county level,” by Jessica Mason, PR Watch.
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Editor’s Note:
Mayor Harding’s “stripes” have been revealed – Harding is fiercely in the local Republican camp of which the Koch Brothers and their ALEC-funding are heavily aligned (see related story just above on ALEC). Yet, hasn’t the time arrived for Yelm to be a leader on environmental issues, rather than always a follower? While Thurston County, Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater all have had plastic bag bans enacted for some time now, as an example, Mayor Harding and the former city council rejected the idea here. Perhaps the new Yelm City Councilors (Carmody, Stillwell, DePinto) can have an impact on this issue locally. Councilor Carmody reported on the plastic bag pollution she saw on her recent trip to SE Asia, and polled the public about enacting a bag ban in Yelm, which this blogger has supported to enact here for many years.

Posted by Steve on April 13, 2016 at 1:08 am | Permalink

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