To the editor:
Lexington Town Meeting begins this month and among the citizen-submitted articles is one requesting that the town ban thin film single use plastic checkout bags.
We hope to be one more community in Massachusetts to enact this ban, which has already been approved and passed as a by-law in 61 communities including Boston. Most of us know about the harm to our town of these fly away bags which end up in trees, in waterways, and in the bodies of animals which mistake them for food with deadly results. We hope that Town Meeting passes this new bylaw, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2019. We encourage people to Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB Lex) when you shop. Keep sturdy reusable bags in your car or by your garage doors to remember to use them. If you forget, you can always pack your things in the paper bags, which are even now being used in our neighboring towns.
Certainly if 61 Massachusetts communities and many states, plus major European countries have passed the ban, then we can too. We are such an outstanding town - it would be a shame not to join in the cause.
It is time.
— Joyce Greif, Meriam Street