Americans use billions of plastic shopping bags each year, most which end up in landfills, the ocean or our environment. Though it is possible to recycle plastic bags, it is estimated that less than 3% of plastic bags end up recycled. We need another way to deal with our plastic bag problem and the students of the Crest Academy have decided to take action!
Our school is working to pass an ordinance that would place a 5-10 cent fee on plastic bags in Salida stores. Consumers would have the choice to bring their own reusable bags (for free of course!) or pay a fee for each plastic or paper bag used. Similar fees have been passed in Ireland, Washington D.C, and Basalt, CO; these towns have reduced plastic shopping bag use by 50-90 percent!
Come learn more about the “Bag-it Salida” campaign and why plastic bags are so bad for us at a FREE showing of Bag-it the movie, at 6:30 on February 2nd at the Community Center on 3rd and F st. We hope to see you there!