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Plastic Bags

This morning, as I was leaving for work, I heard a report on the radio that San Francisco is considering a ban on plastic grocery bags because they harm the environment. I thought about it, and decided to count how many plastic bags I could see floating around on my way to work. Here is what I found.

My walk took me from NW Portland to downtown. So it's not a very long walk, and I wasn't checking every nook and cranny, but just counting what I could easily see. I counted more than 20 bags. There were bags pressed against fences, bags in bushes, bags flattened out on the street and glued down with rain water, even bags hanging from branches up in the trees. Yikes!
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