Plastic bags add up in Fort St. John


Photo: Members of NEAT display some of the reminder materials that were handed out on Saturday in Wal-Mart – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

The Northern Environmental Action Team is showing the community that even using one plastic bag every now and then, can really add up.

In a new study, 42 businesses in Fort St. John monitored the amount of plastic bags that were distributed to customers for a period of 30 days.

Morgan Peltier from NEAT says participating businesses ranged from small independent retailers to national grocery, hardware and department chains.

She says when all the figures where added together, the amount of plastic bags used totaled 307,473.

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She says that if all businesses in Fort St. John could have monitored their bag distribution, the result would have easily exceeded 500,000.

Peltier says these bags make a huge negative environmental impact.  Bags make their way into lakes and rivers, which eventually get into the ocean.

So, on Saturday, members from NEAT were out in full force to spread the word on the importance of using re-usable bags.  The group covered five locations in the City, distributing materials to help people remember their re-usable bag.

High School Student Kaymia Wheat was at Wal-mart, helping to distribute stickers that said, “take me with you”.  She says these stickers are meant to be put on convenient locations, like steering wheels or the rear view mirror.

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The campaign is called “Take Me With You” and it’s a partnership between the City, NEAT and some schools in the School District 60.

NEAT will also be holding a night dedicated towards the education of plastic bag usage.  There will be a film shown, called “One Less Bag,” produced by the School District 60 students.  Everyone is invited to attend the free event at the Whole Wheat and Honey Café on October 29th at 7:00 p.m.

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