Provincetown to Consider Restrictions on Plastic Bags

Courtesy of Provincetown Chamber of Commerce.

Courtesy of Provincetown Chamber of Commerce.

PROVINCETOWN – California made news this week when it became the first state to issue a ban on plastic bags, and one local town will consider following suit with their own restrictions.

After a vote on the matter was postponed at town meeting in April, Provincetown voters will consider a by-law to phase out retail use of plastic bags.

“It was right that the retail sector decided ‘you guys need to go back to the drawing board,’ and it wasn’t just retailers, there were many community members who said ‘you know, we support this in principal, but we need it to be a little more clear as to what you’re trying to regulate here,'” said resident Laura Ludwig, who has spearheaded the restriction effort.”Our concern here in Provincetown is more for the danger that lightweight plastic bags can have on the environment, both in aesthetics but also in entanglement and ingestion issues,” she added.

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Lugwig said she believes the proposal has broad support.

Special Town Meeting is October 27th.