My mantra about plastics is reduce, reuse, recycle, then as a last resort it goes to the dump which hurts my have-to-recycle-if-possible heart. We all should know that there is a big problem with plastics and the bits that they have broken down into in our oceans. When at the beach, I reuse (imagine that!) a “one use” plastic bag, by placing non-ocean or non-organic debris in it. That all then goes into the trash.
Recently, there was a letter to the editor about the plastic bag ban in Corvallis; he made me want answers to his questions.
I have a problem with that “law.” I think to reuse is better than recycle. Why can’t the thrift shops be allowed to reuse any reusable clean plastic bag donated to them to be reused? This is a better option than recycling. It is being used twice and then it may end its life cycle or may be used once again for something else. I was told that I could not donate certain plastic bags to the OSU Thrift Shop for reuse due to someone turning them in for trying to reuse a perfectly good plastic bag. Does this make sense?
Corvallis (Feb. 13)