Letter: Recycling's not as good as reducing

A woman carries her purchases in plastic bags

A woman carries her purchases in plastic bags on May 24, 2012. Westchester County is leading the state in communities opting to ban plastic bags at the checkout counter. Photo Credit: AP

advertisement | advertise on newsday

The letter writer who feels that recycling plastic bags is better than having stores charge customers 5 cents per bag is missing the point ["Recycle or replace plastic grocery bags," June 10]. Recycling any resource costs time, energy and money. That's why "reduce" is the first option -- then reuse and finally recycle.

Cashiers at my store are easily able to give a 5-cent credit for every reusable bag I bring. If I forget my bags, or need more, the 5 cents could easily be added to my bill. Remember when naysayers claimed that adding 5-cent deposits to water bottles wouldn't work? It's now a proven success at reducing waste.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Keep a few reusable bags in your car. It quickly becomes a habit, and you'll be part of the solution.

Loraine Falacara, East Northport


Newsday.com now uses Facebook for our comment boards. Please read our guidelines and connect your Facebook account to comment.

You also may be interested in: