Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 1, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 11/01/2012


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Get rid of 'throwaways'

The proposed ban of the sale of disposable water bottles at large city festivals is a great one. As a member of the Grand Traverse Hiking Club and the Traverse Area Paddle Club, I have worked on trash collection with the "Green Team" at the National Cherry Festival. In addition, I've organized numerous river cleanups on local streams. As a TART Trail Ambassador I help clean trails, beaches and park areas. So I have a lot of experience picking up stuff. Anything we can do to keep our area beautiful is worth a minor inconvenience to a few people.

Banning disposable water bottles would be a wonderful idea for the TC area. We would not be the first to implement the practice. Zion National Park has a ban in place, and it works really well. Many people already own a non-disposable water bottle, and if someone shows up without one, they are on sale at all park stores. There are numerous "hydration stations" to fill personal bottles. This practice has now been put in place in several other national parks.

Hopefully Traverse City will re-consider the proposal, and get rid of all those "throwaway" bottles at our festivals too.

Lois Goldstein