Government Waste

Paper or Plastic—they are costing our cities millions!

Our cities are literally throwing away hundreds of millions of dollars every year on clean up and landfill for plastic bags.   It’s estimated that Americans use over 380 billion plastic bags and wraps a year, costing an estimated $64 billion in tax dollars wasted on plastic bag clean up!

Now, that’s what I call government waste! Let’s stop throwing away our tax dollars. Reusable bags help your schools, fire fighters, and other essential city services.

The City of San Francisco estimates the cost of clean up and landfill at 17 cents per bag.  Here is how they calculated the cost per bag for the 50 million bags used in that city per year. 

Contamination of recycling stream: $1.09 million/year = 2.2 cents per bag.
Collecting and disposing of bags: $3.6 million/year = 7.2 cents per bag.
Removing bags from streets: $2.6 million/year = 5.2 cents per bag.
Processing in landfills: $1.2 million/year = 2.4 cents per bag.
Total cost per bag in SF alone: $8.49 million/year = 17 cents per bag

These costs are similar across the US.  Help reduce government waste by reusing bags today!

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