Plastic bag ban should stay put
January 28, 2014
Issaquah city voters, pick up your ballot and vote no to repealing the ban on plastic bags.
Issaquah residents may be even more environmentally minded than their counterparts in Seattle, where the bag ban is a fact of life. While not everyone is happy to bring their own shopping bags to businesses here, the bag ban offers a little “feel-good” moment when you know you’ve done the right thing — whether you opt for no bag at all or choose a 5-cent paper bag.
Visit a grocery store outside of Issaquah and notice the mountains of plastic bags lining the ends of check-out stands. It’s actually rather shocking, now that Issaquah stores near the one-year anniversary of the bag ban.
Certainly, the lack of bags has not stopped littering in the city. The drainage ditches and medians have their share of candy wrappers, paper cups and aluminum cans, just like any city. But we’re getting there. We’re trying. We’re committed to preservation of the salmon in the streams, clear drinking water and a healthy home for wildlife.
The bag ban has taken some getting used to, but Issaquah should stand proud that residents did this together. It is not just an annoyance, it is a way of life for the 21st century. Let’s not turn back now.
Vote no on Proposition 1.