April 23, 2013

By Staff

Bag ban is making a cleaner Issaquah

Issaquah’s bag ban will be two months old next week. Grocery store clerks say shoppers are getting used to the ban, while others are still grumbling.

For those volunteering to pick up litter in Issaquah last Saturday, it is obvious that better habits for recycling and disposal are needed, and could go a long way to creating a cleaner city. Plastic bags are only part of the problem, but they are prevalent on blackberry bushes along Issaquah Creek and in drainage ditches.

Some people denounce the bag ban as an imposition of government, while others are just annoyed to have to pay 5 cents for a paper alternative.

There is another alternative — invest in a couple of reusable shopping bags and bring them with you. It’s a habit that’s as important as putting litter in a trashcan.

Unless you look closely, you may not be aware that Issaquah’s streets are strewn with cups, straws, candy wrappers, cigarette butts, bottle caps and miscellaneous things from cotton swabs to puzzle pieces. After the spring cleanup in honor of Earth Day, Issaquah is a whole lot cleaner — at least this week.

With the bag ban in place, we hope there will be less to clean up when Earth Day comes around next year. A new habit can really make a difference.


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