Should states limit the use of plastic bags? Yes, they should. Plastic bags cause too many problems. They cause too much unnecessary waste, they end up harming animals, and barely any of them are recycled. We need to tax plastic bags to force citizens to think twice before they use them.
Too Much Unnecessary Waste
According to Stephanie Kraus from TIME for Kids Magazine, about 500 billion bags are used each year and only about 3% is recycled. 91,000 tons of solid waste caused by plastic bags are just sitting in dumps. Limiting these bags will not only reduce the amount of waste, but also reduce the amount of wastelands.
Harmful to Animals
Worldwide, about 10 million new bags are used each day. However, they don’t all end up in the dump. A lot of them end up in the ocean or on the streets. According to Animal Australia, over 100,000 animals die each year because of plastic bags. They mistake it for food and eat it and choke or get severely sick. Plastic bags are a big danger to animals and this needs to stop.
Have you ever wondered what causes Global Warming? The reason is pollution and waste. Solid waste landfills are the single largest manmade source of methane gas. This causes the Earth’s atmosphere to be trapped in a thin layer of heat and gases which causes Global Warming. Global Warming’s effects are drastic. Sea levels rise, water reservoirs dry up, and animals are forced to adapt. All of this is a result of too much waste, mainly from plastic bags.
In conclusion, states should limit plastic bags. Plastic bags largely left unrecycled results in unnecessary waste, dead animals, and Global Warming. Curbing the use of plastic bags will save animals, and our planet. As previously stated, we need to tax plastic bags to force citizens to think twice before they use them.