Plastic bags present a great threat to the planet, as well as our local Arlington community. They litter our streets and parks, and threaten our water quality and wildlife. They also contaminate our soil, landfills and groundwater with harmful chemicals. Across the country, plastic bag regulations are continually evolving to help decrease these risks. Presently, 471 local ordinances have been adopted in cities and counties across 28 states. We believe Arlington should be the next county to take this important step forward.
At EcoAction Arlington, we are committed to reducing our impact on the planet, through the education and betterment of our community. As part of our Plastic Bag Educational Campaign, we are seeking signatures on the petition above in support of the adoption of a $0.05 tax on plastic bags for Arlington County, as allowed under SB11, which was signed by Governor Northam in April. This tax will encourage Arlington County residents to shift to more sustainable practices, such as utilizing reusable bags.
Please join us in urging the Arlington County board to enact a plastic bag tax. Our goal is to get 1,000 signatures to present to the Arlington County Board at their November 14 meeting. Sign below in affirmation of the following:
I support the adoption of a $0.05 tax on plastic bags for Arlington County as allowed under the recently passed SB 11. Plastic bags are a scourge to our environment. They litter our streets and open spaces, threaten water quality and wildlife, and contaminate our soil, landfills, and groundwater with harmful chemicals. The plastic bag tax will encourage residents to shift to more sustainable, reusable bags and provide funds to support efforts such as environmental cleanups, public education on reducing waste and pollution, and distribution of reusable bags to those who cannot afford them.
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