Our Proposal

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…

  • Maine towns with bag ordinances

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