While recycling and education are important to cutting Athens' dependency on single use plastic bags, legislative change is crucial for longterm change.
We support a 5 to 10 cent fee to be placed on plastic bags in order to place Athens as a pioneer in sustainability on the same caliber as Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C., and California.
If a fee or tax is implemented, it doesn't have to be expensive to have an impact in consumptiol. Washington D.C.’s 2009 5-cent bag tax reduced usage by as much as 60%.
In 2012 San José, California instated a ban on plastic bags and a 10 cent fee on paper bags and saw vast improvements according to data from a series of surveys: "the ordinance and the bag fee have been effective in reducing plastic bag litter by 89% in storm drain systems, 60% in creeks and rivers, and 59% in San José streets and neighborhoods"
Before proposing a bill to the Athens-Clarke County we will gather support from local businesses and citizen signatures. After gaining support, we will work with our 10 County Commissioners to
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Plastic bags affect all of Athens, even the steps of city hall.