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Paper or Plastic? Neither. PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Thursday, 28 August 2008 16:09

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year.


To illustrate how large that number is, if you were to count to 500 billion from zero counting off a number every second, it would take you about 16,000 years to get there.


These plastic bags create obvious environmental hazards to wildlife worldwide.


Only about two percent of these plastic bags are recycled, and according to Watauga County Recycling Coordinator, Lisa Doty, recycling may not be the answer to the plastic bag problem.


Executive Director of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, Charles Hardin, is calling for High Country residents to make plastic grocery bags a thing of the past by trading them in for reusable bags that can be purchased at many stores.


Hardin said some of the local businesses and chains that offer reusable bags are Earth Fare, Bare Essentials, Ingles, Lowe’s Foods, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, and Wal-mart.


Hardin also wants to remind High Country residents that some of these businesses even offer discounts to shoppers who use reusable bags.


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