Value Village ditches plastic bags
The Northern Lights Value Village store is almost out of plastic bags, and staff isn't planning to restock.
“Once they are gone, they are gone,” said manager Micki Gustafson.
The company announced as of June 4, it’s getting rid of single-use, disposable bags at stores nationwide. Instead, they’re encouraging people to BYOB: Bring your own bag.
“We're selling reusable bags for 99-cents. These are our paper bags, they're 10-cents, but they're made from 40-percent recycled material already,” Gustafson said.
It’s a move shoppers can get behind. John Trimmel and his wife were visiting from Indiana. They were impressed by steps other communities have taken to reduce their carbon footprint.
“We just came from Denali National Park and they have a zero landfill program. They recycle as much as they can and trash as little as they can,” Trimmel said.
Assemblyman Christopher Constant is one of the sponsors of an ordinance proposing to ban plastic bags around Anchorage.
“It's such a shame to see that kind of waste that's going to last for the next 100, 200 years being pushed into our environment willy-nilly, when all over the country, even in Wasilla, Alaska, we've banned these products-- and it's time for Anchorage to get on the boat,” Constant said.
Wasilla’s bag ban went into effect on July 1.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Americans used 100 billion plastic bags every year.
Value Village managers estimate their effort will keep 192,000 bags out of the landfill.
“There's got to be something better than plastic that doesn't biodegrade,” Trimmel said.
Constant expects to introduce the bag ban ordinance at the assembly meeting. He says assembly members could vote before the end of July.
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