The local chapter of Surfrider is working on getting the Tacoma City Council to pass a bag ban that would eliminate single-use plastic grocery bags throughout the city. Bans like this have already been enacted in Seattle, Edmonds, Bellingham, Mukilteo, Bainbridge Island, Issaquah and Port Townsend. Several other communities are also taking a look at similar legislation and more cities will undoubtedly be added to the list soon. We are hoping that Tacoma will be one of them.
Approximately 100 billion plastic shopping bags are used in the United States every year, of which less than 5% are recycled. The energy needed to produce these bags (about 5 million barrels of oil) and the long-lasting ecological problems associated with plastic as it breaks down in the environment make plastic grocery bags something that we, as a city, cannot afford.
We will be attending the Tacoma City Council meeting on April 9th to begin the process of instituting a bag ban here in Tacoma. There will be other steps in the process but for right now, what we really need is to have a show of force at this meeting, to be there with enough citizens to show to the council that there is support for this kind of legislation here in T-town. You won’t have to speak (although you will be able to if you want to); mostly we would just like you to be there as the issue is brought up and to show your support just by your presence.
It’s an early meeting (details below), but we thought that after it’s over, we’d head up to the Parkway for a pint and a bite to eat. So it would be an evening of civic duty as well as a little pub time. I hope this is an issue that you can get behind and I really hope you can make it out for this very important step in the process.
Tacoma City Council Meeting
Date: Tuesday, April 9
Location: 747 Market Street, 1st floor of the Tacoma Municipal Bldg.