BYOB Earth Day Pick-up

Braving damp weather and drizzle, six hearty members of BYOB-MidCoast braved the elements to conduct an Earth Day trash pick up along  two sections of Bath Road in Brunswick.  The group collected 12 overstuffed bags of litter consisting of a lot of plastic bags and film, disposable cups, Styrofoam containers, cardboard and a sundry items including a pulverized orange traffic cone, a shoe and even a garage door opener. The group estimates that it picked…

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Brunswick Council Passes Plastic Bag Ban!

It is with great satisfaction that we report that the Brunswick Town Council passed an ordinance banning single-use carryout plastic bags on March 20!!! The plastic bag ban will begin on September 1, 2017 and will apply to all retail stores in Brunswick: from grocery stores to office supplies retailers, convenience stores and clothing boutiques.  The vote was 8 in favor and 1 nay, the latter preferring a fee on bags to a ban. The good news…

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Bag Fee & Styro Ban Pass in Topsham!

BYOB MidCoast is delighted that, on November 8,  our fellow Topshamites voted to support the single-use bag fee and Styrofoam ban ordinances   This makes Topsham the first inland community in Maine to have passed such ordinances, and we hope that other communities throughout the state will follow suit.  The measures passed by 52% and 66%, respectively.  An effort such as this takes a lot of work and we are really grateful to people in this…

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Moving bag fee forward in Brunswick

On Monday, Sept. 26, the Brunswick Recycling & Sustainability (R&S) committee presented a recommendation to the town council that they enact a 5-cent fee on both plastic and paper bags at checkout, in line with what BYOB-MidCoast has proposed. The workshop was led by R&S members Mike Wilson, Marianne Haughwot and Ben Martens, who presented the consensus recommendation of the committee.  Areas covered in the workshop included the history of Brunswick’s sustainability efforts, the environmental problems…

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On Nov 8 ballot in Topsham!

BYOB has now collected enough signatures to put the bag fee on single-use bags and the ban on Styrofoam food containers, on the November 8 ballot. The two issues will be Topsham ballot measures #1 and #2, respectively! Topsham residents an now decide these issues for themselves. Talk to your friends and family about these issues and… Vote on November 8! 

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