The time has come for Tacoma to support the idea of reusable shopping bags. Plastic bags are harmful to the environment. They are an unnecessary layer of packaging plus a waste of resources.
As a 21st-century city, we need to reduce the waste we generate, not only to limit the amount of garbage on our streets, our beaches and in our waterways, but also to save money in our waste-processing system. This will cut the cost of cleaning up after ourselves.
According to a state legislative finding (RCW 70.95.010), it is “necessary to change manufacturing and purchasing practices and waste …