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 and municipal costs of plastic and paper bags, and the advantages of a 5-cent fee. Councilors followed up with questions about bans-vs-fees, enforcement of ordinances, experience in other towns, etc.
A respectful and productive back and forth ensued, with the council coming to a loose consensus to move forward. BYOB is optimistic that the council will take action in the near future to pass a bag fee ordinance, which the group has been promoting for going on two years.