Another unwanted plastic bag

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 51 , No. 6 , July August 2009 , Pages 245 Letters

The plastic bag covering the May 2009 BCMJ has just sent me over the edge. We cannot recycle plastic bags in Salmon Arm and your bag is just one more useless item to go in our landfill.

Please forgo the plastic wrap and simply label the magazine—like in the good old days before plastic and landfills became inseparable.

—W. Peter Barton, MD
Salmon Arm

The bags we use are biodegradable and compostable. We pay a slight premium for this feature, but think that you will agree that it’s worth it.—ED

W. Peter Barton, MD,. Another unwanted plastic bag. BCMJ, Vol. 51, No. 6, July, August, 2009, Page(s) 245 - Letters.



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