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In 2012, the U.S produced over 250 million tons of garbage. One component of this waste consisted of oil based plastic bags, which are utilized excessively by grocers, restaurants, and stores nationwide. In order to reduce this source of waste, many countries are banning plastic bags or taxing customers for their uses.

What are two environmental problems caused by plastic bag use? What plan/action night be proposed to reduce or eliminate use? What would be the economic impacts of implementing your plan versus the financial impacts of making no change in our current use.

What are two scholarly sources that supports this topic?

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One huge problem with plastic bags is the ability to block drainage. This causes flooding in areas where thousands of dollars has been put into developing efficient drainage areas. The plastic may not come from your neighborhood directly, because plastic bags are light and easily carried by wind and water, and deposited in areas that clogs drainage areas.(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/1849302.stm)

Plastic bags destroy our marine wildlife. Marine animals misjudge floating plastic bags as food and choke after consuming a plastic bag. Sometime marine animals get tangled in the bags, prohibiting their escape from predators. Thousands of marine ...

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Garbage has become a huge environmental problem. One particular component is oil based plastic bag disposal. Plastic bags are used in grocery store and retail stores nationwide. Many countries are banning the use of plastic bags. This topic discusses the problems caused by plastic bags and a proposes an economical solution for implementing a plan.

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