From the time the bag law was proposed by the County Executive in March and passed by the County Council in May, residents have come forth with a range of questions, which are now found in the FAQs on the bag website – www.montgomerycountymd.gov/bag.
One question is “Why are paper bags included?”
Short answer is that both paper and plastic bags consume enormous amounts of natural resources and cause significant pollution. Statistics indicate that each year, Americans use about 10 million paper bags and some 14 million trees are cut down annually for paper bag production. In addition, chemicals are used to process wood pulp to paper, and paper that isn’t recycled and ends up in landfills cannot completely degrade due to the lack of water, light and oxygen.
A more detailed, graphic explanation simply entitled “Paper or Plastic?” was presented in The Washington Post’s “More Than Meets The Eye” feature back in 2007.
See for yourself and decide.
POSTED AT: Friday, January 20, 2012 | 5:50:00 AM