In this April 13, 2019, file photo, Dale Sandison, left, and his father, Gary Sandison, watch as Dale’s son Rory tosses a bag of trash they collected in with the rest of the garbage during a Ganatchio Trail cleanup honouring attack victim Anne Widholm. Widholm frequently walked the trail, cleaning up garbage left by others.
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Re: Amherstburg weighs ban on single-use plastics, April 24It took a couple of Anderson Public School students and their plea to Amherstburg town council for a ban on single-use plastic before anyone took notice locally to the environmental issues that plastic is raising. Plastic is not only contaminating our oceans, but it’s creating an ugliness where plastic products, like pop and water bottles, cups, utensils and food containers are tossed onto roads, becoming ugly litter, capable of surviving for centuries.Fast-food chains and grocery stores use plastic products while saying they care about the environment. They have done little about the litter caused by their products.Windsor also has a plastic and litter problem. Take a look along South Service Road, or Quality Way or even E.C. Row Expressway and you’ll see plastic bottles, bags filled with garbage, cardboard and household items, tossed from cars or fallen from a truck or trailer.Windsor spends millions on the waterfront and on its parks, but for some reason the city seems reluctant to address this litter problem through stronger enforcement of existing bylaws. Litter affects the appearance of Windsor, but there’s also the environmental issues that responsible cities need to address. Windsor could possibly follow Amherstburg’s lead.Addressing the use of plastics that contaminate our oceans and landfills, while also creating ugly litter, should not be the responsibility of just a couple of students from Anderson Public School.Global warming is real and is causing extreme environmental issues. We must be supportive of responsible legislative action, like those proposed by Amherstburg, to help reduce plastic’s footprint — helping in a small way to reverse mankind’s environmental failures.Peter J Middlemore Sr., WindsorShare Your ViewsSend letters to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Don’t send them as attachments; put them in the body of the emails.) Letters must include your full name, address and phone number. (We will only publish your name and the municipality where you live.) Letters must be fewer than 300 words. The Star reserves the right to edit, condense and reject letters.