Every day in my Langley Park neighborhood when we walk to a park to play soccer, celebrate birthdays, or just spend time with our families, I see the plastic bags blowing down the street. Thin white, yellow, and blue plastic bags are snagged in trees billowing in the wind and rolling along the paths that my family and I walk.
Langley Park is a community where upwards of 80% of its residents are Latino. Trash is one of the constant concerns in our community. This is a tangible problem in our neighborhoods, and it is also one of the indicators of a neighborhood that is neglected and unsafe. Every year the community gets together to do two community cleanups where entire families participate. We collect garbage from our parks, road sides, bus stops and streets. And one of the items we find the most, year after year, are plastic bags.
Plastic bags do more than just create litter in our neighborhoods – they are also a huge risk to our wildlife. Birds, fish and turtles, can easily mistake a plastic bag for food- especially when there are trillions of pieces of plastic floating in our rivers, streams, and oceans.
This bill gives the option to pay for a paper bag if you forget to bring your reusable bag. But please note that currently, all of us pay for plastic bags regardless of whether we use them or not. Single-use bags are not free and continuing to charge people who want to use a reusable bag is not right.
Thank you for your support,
Maria S. Guardado
Community Organizing Fellow
Here I am yesterday, testifying at the hearing in the Environment and Transportation committee in the House of Delegates.
Plastic bags stray away from our tradition of using reusable shopping bags. We grew up
without plastic bags. Since we were little, we always went shopping with our own cloth bags or shopping cart. If we grew up without using plastic bags, we can also live without plastic bags now.
Plastic bags stray away from our tradition of using reusable shopping bags. We grew up without plastic bags. Since we were little, we always went shopping with our own cloth bags or shopping cart. If we grew up without using plastic bags, we can also live without plastic bags now.