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Merchants offer inspiring support for single-use plastic water bottle ban

In her letter to the editor, Sharon Coleman writes: “China will no longer take our recycled materials. All of a sudden material collected on the street may not have a place to go.”

To the Editor:

I am inspired and hopeful about the views expressed by Chris and Matt Massiero of Guido’s favoring the ban on single use plastic bottles. They are taking the long view, thinking about future generations. I agree that we must find ways to solve any short-term problems created by such a ban. We don’t want collateral damage in the form of financial hardship for merchants or others.

Neither do we want to choke the planet with plastic.

Check out the June 2018 issue of National Geographic, entitled, “Planet or Plastic?”. It gives a wealth of well-researched information on the consequences of our addiction to plastic along with citing the valuable and necessary uses of plastic.

Regarding Mickey Friedman’s optimism about recycling as a solution, please check out a New York Times article from May 29th of this year entitled, “Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe or Maybe Not.” The backstory is sobering. China will no longer take our recycled materials. All of a sudden material collected on the street may not have a place to go.

Please show up to vote on August 6th. Let’s be leaders.

Sharon Coleman

Great Barrington

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