Falmouth, Maine Considers Restrictions on Single Use Plastic Shopping Bags
Responding to resident outcry, the town of Falmouth, Maine is joining the ranks of towns considering limits on the use of single use plastic shopping bags.
On Monday, the Falmouth Town Council referred the issue to the Recycling and Energy Advisory Committee (REAC) along with a request that they submit their recommendations to the Council by January 1, 2015.
Councilor Russell Anderson said, “I think the idea should be to change behavior so people stop using plastic bags and start using reusable ones. There are lots of ways to do that, and I think REAC is in a position to flesh that out for us.”
Back in June of this year, the Portland, ME City Council approved a 5-cent fee on plastic and paper shopping bags that will become effective in April of 2015. The Freeport, ME Town Council sent a proposed ban on single use plastic shopping bags to its ordinance committee two weeks ago.
Chairwoman of the Council, Karen Farber, requested Monday’s discussion. The council received an email from a resident suggesting that the Council consider action in the wake of Portland’s new ordinance. Councilor Sean Mahoney said a half dozen constituents had expressed similar sentiments to him.
According to a post on the town’s website, the consensus is that an ordinance on single use plastic shopping bags could “encourage the use of reusable shopping bags, reduce plastic bag trash found along our roadways and in our waterways, and reduce (the) ecological impact of manufacturing disposable shopping bags.”