VICTORY!

Waterville approves plastic bag ban by fewer than 150 votes BY AMY CALDER – STAFF WRITER WATERVILLE — Voters on Tuesday approved a proposal to prohibit larger retail and commercial businesses from dispensing plastic carryout bags in a 3,052-2,906 vote — a difference of 146 votes. City Clerk Patti Dubois announced the unofficial results at 10:06 p.m. Tuesday at the polls at Thomas College. The question on the ballot asked if voters wished to enact a proposed ordinance establishing…

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Support is growing!

Ban plastic bags for better future centralmaine.com/2018/10/23/ban-plastic-bags-for-better-future/ October 23, 2018 Where do you think you’ll be in five years? How about 10 years? Twenty? 100? We all know in 100 years we’ll be decomposing somewhere in the earth — but the same can’t be said for plastic. It can take anywhere from 20 years to 1,000 years for plastic to decompose. Every year, 1 trillion plastic bags wreak havoc on the environment. In Waterville alone,…

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Community Compass: Plastic bag ban a chance to help the Earth

Community Compass: Plastic bag ban a chance to help the Earth BY STU SILVERSTEIN On Nov. 6, voters in Waterville will have the opportunity to ban the single-use carry-out plastic grocery bag in big-box stores. Carry-out plastic bags are given away free at most checkouts, but it’s our environment that really pays. Plastic bags don’t compost. Instead, they become permanent pollution, often ending up in the stomachs of land animals and sea creatures. Frequently, these bags…

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Community Cleanup Success!

Thanks to the 30+ volunteers who helped pick up litter in downtown Waterville on Saturday, September 15th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We found dozens of plastic shopping bags littering Waterville. Please vote yes on question 1 on the town ballot to ban them from big box stores. https://www.wabi.tv/content/news/Waterville-community-members-gather-to-cleanup-litter–493388331.html Plastic bag ban fans conduct Waterville cleanup The volunteers were supporters of a referendum question about whether to ban Waterville big-box stores’ distribution of single-use…

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Plastic bag ban would make a difference in Waterville

Community Compass: Plastic bag ban would make a difference in Waterville Voting yes on Question 1 in November would take millions of plastic bags out of the waste stream. https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/09/12/community-compass-plastic-bag-ban-would-make-a-difference-in-waterville-2/ BY TODD MARTIN Over the past few weeks, there has been a flurry of misinformation and lies spread about our citizen-led effort to reduce plastic bag pollution in Waterville (“Anger flares over Waterville’s plastic bag ordinance debate,” Aug. 21). Most of these lies and misinformation have come…

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