In response to Newsday's editorial, "Trash trouble is piling up" [July 3], we have only ourselves to blame.

Going to the grocery store, or any store for that matter, take a look at how an item is packaged. That packaging is what you will be throwing out. Companies still make Styrofoam cups, plates and bowls. That stuff never decomposes.

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With summer festivities under way, and the summer parties, will consumers be purchasing throwaway cups, plates and utensils? Yes, they will.

We cannot totally blame government for this crisis, but we also must look to be our own problem solvers. That is the responsible thing to do.

Mary MacElveen, Sound Beach