Our ordinance is still in draft form, but here is our current thinking:
A ban on plastic shopping and grocery bags only at Waterville businesses with 10,000 square feet or more of retail space. Restaurants are excluded.
The ban would apply to Waterville grocery stores including Hannaford, Shaws, and Caswells, Walmart, Mardens, Home Depot, Staples, K Mart, and a few other businesses. This is where the majority of plastic shopping and grocery bags are distributed.
The ban would not apply to plastic bags used for meat, produce, or bulk items at the grocery store, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, or any non profits.
Paper shopping bags are not addressed in the ordinance and would not be affected.
A dozen other Maine towns have already passed local ordinances on plastic shopping and grocery bags…