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August 27, 2013 > Letter to the Editor: Techno-trash

Letter to the Editor: Techno-trash

Faye McKay's letter (8/13/13) was well researched and very educational as to how reusable bags can pose a public and grocery employee health hazard. In addition, my opinion is that, like responsible gun ownership, not everyone should handle or own a plastic bag.

Plastic bag litter continues everywhere no matter the ban, but sadly, that is not the only ecology damaging pollutant. Open your eyes and you will notice a growing plague of "techno-trash" littering city sidewalks and gutters. Much of it will end up in waterways and the Bay, harming habitats and wildlife; techno-trash (i.e. rubber gloves, hair nets and shoe covers, etc.) never bio-degrades, it is forever.

There should be steep fines for employers who allow "clean room" employees to leave work still wearing or carrying surgical-type apparel out to the street where it is often thrown thoughtlessly by the same slobs who should not handle a plastic bag or a Styrofoam cup. Sadly, they have no idea what a trash can is for in the "smarter" world.

Mary Gomez, a disgusted senior
Hayward

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