In regards to the editorial “Valley cities should ban single use bags” in the Feb. 25 Bee, we feel this is not the answer. We understand the problem isn’t the usage of the bag, it’s the litter it creates. Banning the bags will not solve the litter problem.
Banning the plastic bag eliminates over 20 practical uses. Banning the plastic bag, we will need to find something else to replace it, which may cause a greater litter problem.
Our solution is to ban the litter. We suggest a one-cent surcharge on all packaging material that leaves a store. This includes plastic and paper bags, food wrappers, paper and plastic cups and any items that come with packaging.
The amount of money this surcharge will bring in will allow the hiring of extra police officers to supervise inmates in the picking up of trash, or hiring unemployed workers to pick up any litter including plastic bags from our city streets, parks and highways.
We feel most people would welcome this solution. This solves the litter problem and helps lower unemployment.
Forkner Elementary, 6th grade, Room 17