Students make pitch to ban plastic bags

March 19, 2014 1 min read

NEWBURYPORT — Almost a dozen middle, charter and high school students last night asked city councilors to pass a measure that will ban the use of thin plastic bags used for carrying out purchased items from local stores.

In an orchestrated presentation, the youngsters stated that plastic bags can be deadly to marine life in the ocean, especially to whales.

They also stated that the energy used to produce the billions of plastic bags used annually in the U.S. each year uses up a great deal of fossil fuel that could be directed to other uses.

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