I’m writing to commend the individuals who are working together to keep our environment healthy by proposing a plastic bags ban. I support their effort. My recommendation for not needing to do this is for all of us to pitch in by using washable canvas bags when shopping and taking plastic bags back to grocery stores that recycle them into new products. Bend Recycling requests that plastic bags not go in the recycle bins as they are not able to recycle that type of plastic and they get caught in machinery. We can all help by picking up bags that have collected along waterways. Maybe there is a way to give some youths jobs to pick up trash and pull noxious weeds.