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Letter: Ban plastic bags soon in Suffolk

A grocery store owner has scoffed at the

A grocery store owner has scoffed at the idea of a plastic-bag ban in the Village of Patchogue. Credit: AP / Rich Pedroncelli

Suffolk County should ban plastic bags [“Suffolk tables bill to ban plastic bags,” News, April 8]. These bags are everywhere — on roadsides, in trees, on our beaches and in our waterways.

My friends and I have dubbed them the “Long Island tumbleweed” because they are ubiquitous. Despite suggesting that term in jest, in practice, all humor is lost.

These bags blight our land, costs tax money to clean up, are manufactured with fossil fuels and kill wildlife. These negative impacts mean we need to ban them, and the sooner the better.

Danielle Noethiger, Commack


Plastic bags are harmful for our environment and economy, and Suffolk County should ban them.

I’m a business major at Farmingdale State College, and I see how detrimental plastic bags are to Long Island. Everybody knows that the bags harm the environment and create litter, but they also cost residents money.

It’s expensive to clean up and bury plastic bags in landfills, and the cost of the bags increases the price of our groceries.

San Diego, which has approximately the same population as Suffolk, spends $160,000 a year to put plastic bags in landfills. San Francisco spends more than $3 million cleaning up plastic bags, and San Jose spends more than $1 million removing plastic bags from clogged recycling machines.

On top of that, it takes more than 2 billion pounds of fossil fuel just to produce enough plastic bags for the United States for a year. We should not waste money and limited resources for a product that can easily be replaced with a reusable alternative.

Salvatore Martello, Farmingdale