Welcome Waterville Neighbors,

Thank you for visiting our website!  We are a group of Waterville residents concerned about the environmental and economic impacts of plastic grocery and shopping bags. We are working to pass question 1 on the Waterville ballot on November 6th , 2018 to ban plastic shopping bags only at Waterville businesses that are 10,000 square feet or larger. This includes grocery stores and big box stores, where most plastic bags come from.  All restaurants and non profits are excluded. This will not impact paper bags or the plastic film bags we put our meat and produce in. We encourage you to use a reusable shopping bag instead!

Join us for our upcoming events:

Saturday, September 15-11:00 a.m.- Community Litter Cleanup- Castonguay Square

Tuesday, October 2 – 7:00 pm – Bag It at Colby College in Osgrove Auditorium

Monday, October 22 – 6:00 p.m. – Bag It screening at Beth Israel Congregation

Tuesday, October 23 – 6:00 p.m – Bag It screening at Muskie Community Center 

Saturday, October 27 – 10:00 a.m. – Bag It screening at Railroad Square Cinema

Fifteen towns in Maine have already passed local ordinances to ban or place a 5 cent fee on plastic shopping bags including:

York – Banned
Bath – Banned
 Freeport – Banned
Kennebunk – Banned
Brunswick – Banned
Saco – Banned
Belfast- Banned
Cape Elizabeth – Banned
Rockland – Banned
Blue Hill – Banned
Manchester – Banned
Portland – 5 cent fee
South Portland – 5 cent fee
Falmouth – 5 cent fee
Topsham – 5 cent fee

Waterville plastic bag ban fight intensifies

By Paul Dwyer | 

WATERVILLE, Maine (WABI) The fight between the Sustain Mid-Maine Coalition and Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro is ramping up on the issue of banning plastic bans.

“We are trying to follow the lead of 15 other towns in Maine that have banned or put a small fee on plastic bags to reduce the amount we’re using in Waterville,” says Todd Martin, member of the Sustain Mid-Maine Coalition.

The coalition was successful in getting Waterville City Council to pass the resolution, which only applies to businesses 10,000 square feet or larger such as Hannaford, Shaw’s, or Walmart. However, it was vetoed last week by Isgro.

“We are certainly frustrated that the Mayor vetoed that resolution,” says Martin. “We think that the Mayor is trying to silence the voices of Waterville voters.”

Isgro did not respond to request for comment. He did post this on Facebook, though:

“The proposed ban on reusable, recyclable plastic bags is a distraction from important issues. Outside national pressure groups are behind it and the city council and local lobbyists – seeking a political “victory” – have allowed themselves to become caught up in another national trending issue instead of focusing on real victories for our community.”

Martin denies that claim.

“This is not an effort of ‘dark outside forces,'” says Martin. “We all live in Waterville. We want to make our city cleaner and greener and healthier.”

Earlier today on Facebook, Isgro went after Martin:

“…Todd Martin says that I am misleading residents by saying that the reusable plastic bags we all line our small waste bins with and carry our lunches in are good beyond one use. Are these lies part of their activist training manual?”

The City Council will vote on Tuesday in an attempt to override the Mayor’s veto. If they are successful, the issue will be on the ballot in November.

Thanks to the volunteers who pitched in!

 

Over 300 people signed our petition at the polls on election day!

Over 300 people signed our petition at the polls on election day!

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