At its upcoming Sept. 27 meeting, Asheville City Council will deliberate whether to take up a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam. At the last Governance Committee meeting, city staff asked for a two-year delay before voting to reduce plastic pollution.
The Plastic-Free WNC coalition urges City Council to act now. Every year the city waits to pass an ordinance, approximately 63 million single-use plastic bags will end up in local landfills, breaking down into even more microplastic pollution and littering our forests, rivers and streams.
Mountain Xpress readers: Please attend the Sept. 27 meeting and urge Asheville City Council to take immediate action to protect public health and the environment. No more delays; we need to fight plastic pollution today. For more information, visit: [avl.mx/c0w].
— Anna Alsobrook
French Broad Watershed Outreach Coordinator
Editor’s note: MountainTrue representatives tell Xpress that the proposed ban on single-use plastic bags and Styrofoam won’t be discussed at City Council’s Sept. 27 meeting but has been delayed until an unspecified meeting in October. MountainTrue will post updates at plasticfreewnc.com/avl.