To the editor of THE EAGLE:
The Berkshire Eagle’s letters to the editor section never fails to amuse. This time it’s Richard Needelman’s March 6 letter concerning the ban on disposable shopping bags in Great Barrington.
If I understand him correctly, he is upset because "I am being forced to fill my car with reusable bags since I don’t know in advance what I’ll be buying in the store until I am in it... and I am being forced to plan my purchases in advance." Richard, I think you will find that the proper way to handle this complicated technical problem is to keep a few bags in your car at all times, that way you don’t have to plan your purchases in advance. And unless you are a candidate for the TV show "Hoarders," you will find that storing four large reusable shopping bags takes up approximately 1.7 percent of your trunk space -- yes, I did the math.
In addition, the comment that the disposable bag ban does little to actually save the planet is simply unsupported by fact. Disposable bags are used for a couple of minutes and then end up in landfills. In the US, over 2.5 million tons of plastic are used to produce disposable bags each year with only 4 percent of that being recycled. So by slightly changing your behavior, you can help keep this waste stream out of our landfills.