2014-05-08 / Letters to the Editor

Cloth better than plastic

Ms. Logan’s attempt to keep streets clean and to recycle plastic bags is laudable (“Our streets are not polluted with plastic,” May 1). While my own observations suggest a good deal more plastic littering on our roads than she has experienced, it is her conclusion that we should not “do away with plastic bags as long as McQuade’s provides such a valuable (recycling) service” that I find most troubling. It does not consider the hydrocarbons and energy required to make plastic, and the energy costs of recycling. We would be better served if each of us carried reusable bags. A cloth bag takes up very little space in my purse and would fit easily into her bicycle saddlebags.

Carol B. Crafts
North Main Road
Jamestown

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