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Letter: Compromise to plastic ban

February 9, 2018

To the editor,

I wanted to respond to the article on the BYO movement in Greenwich (news story, Jan. 29, “BYO Greenwich seeks plastic ban”).

My family always reuses our “single use” plastic bags whether for picking up after our dog, in lieu of buying plastic garbage bags, or carrying my lunch to work. I don’t think we’re all that unusual.

As the article mentions, paper bags have a much greater carbon impact than plastic and but neglects to say that some studies show that it takes more than 100 uses before there are environmental benefits from reusable bags due to their own ecological problems.

Rather than banning, the BYO people should support the middle ground of a recycling and reuse program for plastic bags. This way Greenwich residents don’t have the added cost of paper or the inconvenience of reusable. We could look at the issue again after a reasonable period of time to see how the program is working. Seems like a decent compromise to me.

James J. Barrett

Old Greenwich