This article by Greg Sukiennik originally appeared July 11 in the Manchester Journal.
MANCHESTER — Local environmental activist group Earth Matters says it is pursuing a ban of single-use plastic bags, water bottles and straws in Manchester.
Group members will be at the Manchester Street Fest, July 20 from 6 to 9 p.m., to talk to the public and seek signatures on petitions calling for the ban of single-use plastics here and around the world.
Anne D’Olivo of Earth Matters said the group has been in contact with officials and activists in Brattleboro, which passed a ban on single-use plastic bags last year. That law, which was approved by the Brattleboro Select Board in March 2017 and took effect July 1, specifically bans thin-film single-use plastic bags, which have a thickness of less than 2.25 millimeters and are intended for transporting purchased products one time.
“For now, our focus is on banning single-use plastic bags. We will specify the thickness of the plastic bag in the ordinance to cover most carrier bags, but not the larger, thicker tote bags. The thickness has yet to be decided,” she said. “We encourage the public to bring their own cloth bags when shopping at any store.”
Earth Matters presented its intentions to the Manchester Conservation Commission at the commission’s most recent meeting. The commission discussed the concept, but took no formal action to endorse the plan, according to member Alan Benoit.
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