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 an ordinance  to ban plastic shopping bags in Waterville. We encourage you to use a reusable shopping bag instead!

Join us at our next meeting:
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Waterville City Hall
Front Street Conference Room – Lower Level

We collected 7 bags of trash and over 40 plastic shopping bags!

The average person in the U.S. uses 150 plastic grocery and shopping bags each year. Since there are about 16,000 residents of Waterville, that means approximately 2,400,000 are used in Waterville alone every year! If all those bags were placed next to each other in a row, it would stretch over 8,000 football fields!

Over a dozen towns in Maine have already passed local ordinances to ban or place a small fee on single-use plastic shopping bags including:

  • York – Banned
    • Bath – Banned
    • Freeport – Banned
    • Kennebunk – Banned
    • Brunswick – Banned
    • Saco – Banned
    • Belfast- Banned
  • Cape Elizabeth – Banned
    • Portland – 5 cent fee
    • South Portland – 5 cent fee
    • Falmouth – 5 cent fee

We want Waterville to be next and we have been meeting for months to determine the best path forward.

We are in the very early stages of planning this effort and are looking for community input and guidance before finalizing our proposal. We would like to ban plastic shopping and grocery bags only at Waterville businesses where food makes up 2% or more of total sales. Paper bags would not be affected.

A dozen Maine towns have already passed ordinances on plastic shopping and grocery bags. We are reviewing those ordinances for guidance as we draft an ordinance for Waterville. Once completed, we will work with the City Attorney Bill Lee to ensure it is legally sound. Then, we will introduce and propose it to the Waterville City Council for their consideration. The ordinance could be sent to the voters to decide. Our goal is to pass the ordinance by the end of 2018 for implementation in the Spring of 2019.

 

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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