Our Proposal


  • A ban on plastic shopping and grocery bags only at Waterville businesses with 10,000 square feet or more of retail space.

  • The ban would apply to Waterville grocery stores including Hannaford, Shaws, and Caswells, Walmart, Mardens, Home Depot, 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 or produce at the grocery store, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves.

  • 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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