As a member of the Tacoma community I firmly believe that we must reduce single-use plastic bags in our city. The destructive effects of these plastics on the environment are a factor of strong frustration that I can no longer witness within our local ecosystems.
We can make positive changes to our community by turning away from these plastics and looking into different solutions. A sustainable action plan would allow for a healthier city, placing Tacoma alongside the seven other Washington cities that have initiated such changes, benefiting citizens now and into the future.
Single-use plastics bags are a detriment to the recycling process and provide no financial or environmental benefit. These unsustainable bags are being phased out in many places because of a lack of need, environmental impacts and because their supposed convenience comes at such a high price.
The City of Tacoma should act now so not to be left behind in the process, taking a strong stand against their usage and passing an ordinance similar to other Washington cities banning single-use plastic bags.