Our Proposal


  • A ban on plastic shopping and grocery bags only at Waterville businesses where food sales make up 2% or more of total sales.

  • The ban would apply to Waterville grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, convenience stores, Walmart, and other food establishments. This is where the majority of plastic shopping and grocery bags are distributed.

  • The ban would not apply to plastic bags used for meat or produce at the grocery store, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, or any Waterville business where food does not make up at least 2% of sales.

  • Paper shopping bags are not addressed in the ordinance and would not be affected.

About a dozen other Maine towns have already passed ordinances on plastic shopping and grocery bags…

  • Maine towns with bag ordinances

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