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Letter: Plastic packaging poses a bigger threat than bags

Plastic packaging poses a bigger threat than bags

Rather than calling for legislative approval of funding for the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning to perform an assessment for passage of a law to ban all lightweight, disposable plastic bags, the county executive should call on the Legislature for a price tag for an impact assessment of disposable plastic containers and their impact on the environment.

Plastic bags are reusable. Grocery shelves are loaded with items formerly packaged in tin cans, glass jars/bottles, paper bags and boxes. Single-use microwave containers, K-Cups, pet foods, beverages, edible staples, disposable dishes, utensils, toys and electronics are now packaged in plastic.

The environment would benefit more by a ban on disposable plastic packaging.

Mary A. Kless