Other Maine Town Experiences

Fifteen Maine towns have a ban or a fee on plastic shopping bags. So how is it working in those towns? Portland Policy: Five-cent fee on paper and plastic bags at stores with greater than 2% food sales Took Effect: April 15, 2015 “There have not been any issues with compliance or businesses being cited for the plastic bag ordinance here in Portland.” Dan Davidson – City of Portland Director of Public Works “Since the…

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Manchester, ME Bans Plastic Bags!

Manchester votes to ban plastic bags in retail stores The vote appears to make Manchester the first capital-area municipality to ban single-use plastic bags in local stores. BY KEITH EDWARDS MANCHESTER — Residents agreed Tuesday in secret-ballot voting to ban plastic bags in retail stores in town. The vote appears to make Manchester the first capital-area municipality to ban single-use plastic bags in stores. Vote totals were not immediately available Wednesday, but E. Patrick Gilbert, town manager, said…

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Earth Day Cleanup a Success!

Thanks to the 60+ volunteers who came out to Castonguay Square on Earth Day, April 22, to help cleanup downtown Waterville. We collected tons of litter, including dozens of plastic shopping bags. https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/22/fasting-for-a-cause-twenty-five-people-seek-to-raise-awareness-about-climate-change/

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More Maine towns banning plastic bags

More Maine towns making transition to life without plastic bags By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff • March 17, 2018 7:12 am  Updated: March 18, 2018 9:45 am If you spot Anita King of Belfast while doing your grocery shopping, chances are good that she’ll check out your grocery cart. But not to see what’s for dinner. King, an advocate for the city’s new ban on single-use plastic bags and expanded styrofoam containers, may just be looking to see if…

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Rockland Bans Plastic Bags!

Rockland approves plastic bag ban, delays paper bag fee Rockland is the latest Maine town to ban plastic shopping bags and polystyrene containers.  By Lauren Abbate, BDN Staff • March 13, 2018 11:22 am Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, single-use plastic bags and carryout polystyrene foam containers will no longer be permitted in Rockland. The City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a ban on these materials, based on concerns about their environmental impacts. The move adds to a…

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