While Novolex might be trying hard to get plastic bags recycled, the fact is that fewer than 10 percent of single-use plastic bags are recycled. The remaining 90-plus percent end up in landfills, marshes, streets, beaches, waterways and the ocean.

Sea turtles confuse them for jellyfish, try to eat them and die.

They are a hazard to other marine life and break down to micro particles that make their way into our food chain.

Every day I see bags littering the streets and marshes. In fact almost everywhere I go I see this litter and try to collect it to be recycled.

The bag ban needs to start somewhere and expand. Other single-use plastics will need to be better handled, whether by banning them, taxing them or charging a deposit for them.

We can read about ocean gyres, plastic garbage dumps the size of Texas in each of our oceans, and we can look around us to see the local impact of single-use plastics.

I haven’t read about any cities, states or countries that have banned single-use plastic bags and are sorry that they did so, or are considering removing the ban.

Keith Merrill

Steeplechase Lane