Support a Plastic Bag Ban for Cincinnati!

We’re making progress on getting rid of single-use plastic bags! All the work our Cincinnati Past Plastic group has done for years is paying off. We’ve been invited to present to a subcommittee of Cincinnati City Council, the Education, Innovation, and Growth (EIG) committee, on the negative impacts plastic bags have. We’ll be presenting Tuesday, January 28th, at 2 pm.

To make this presentation even more effective, we need your help. Please come down to give a 2 minute comment about why you want to get rid of plastic bags, or how much you like using reusable bags. We’re looking to build a groundswell of support here, and we can’t do that without you!

The public comment session is Tuesday, January 28, at 2 pm at City Hall (801 Plum St. Room 300, Cincinnati, OH). Please come before 2 pm to sign up to make a public comment. If you can’t make it in person, please take a few minutes and call or email the committee members to tell them how important this is to you. Here’s their contact information:

P.G. Sittenfeld: 513-352-5280, [email protected]
Chris Seelbach: 513-352-5210, [email protected]
Tamaya Dennard: 513-352-5205, [email protected]
David Mann: 513-352-4611, [email protected]
Wendell Young: 513-352-3466, [email protected]

Here are some talking points you can use:

  • Only 1% of plastic bags are recycled, meaning the rest end up in landfills, littering our streets, clogging our sewers, choking livestock, and ultimately ending up in our rivers and oceans.
  • Plastic bags take up to 1,000 years to degrade. As they do, they release greenhouse gases and turn into microplastics, which can end up in our food.
  • Plastic bags are a significant source of ocean pollution, being the 7th most collected item in a recent ocean cleanup.
  • Seventy-eight percent of Cincinnati constituent complaints revolve around trash, blight and litter.
  • Cincinnati threw away nearly 1,000 tons of plastic grocery bags last year.
  • According to data from Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, there is a negative correlation between median income and litter in Cincinnati. So, the higher your median income, the less litter is in your neighborhood, and vice versa.

For more information on this campaign, visit here!

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