Western Exposure

Rural AK town bans plastic bags, foam containers

By July 22, 2009March 19th, 2015No Comments

“It looks like white geese out there. Eight million of them.”  That’s how David Stovner, manager of the recycling center in tiny Bethel, AK, views the plastic bags and Styrofoam littering the tundra around his town. The city council in the town of 5,700 has just voted to ban the bags and foam food containers. A similar ban passed earlier in the decade but was overturned by a public vote, writes Kyle Hopkins of the Anchorage Daily News.