Yarmouth Chamber Receives Input from Members on a Plastic Bag Ban

KA_Yarmouth_Town Hall_01_120215YARMOUTH – An environmental group looking to ban the use of plastic bags in Yarmouth is getting some help from the town’s chamber of commerce.

The Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce is assisting Cape Environmental Action by sending out surveys to its members to see how they feel about a possible ban and what they are already doing with plastic bags.

Cape Environmental Action is a group of individuals on Cape Cod committed to reducing the amount of disposable plastics in our world.

“We’re just helping them gather the data and I think Cape Environmental is looking at what other communities are doing and then what is reasonable for Yarmouth and [it’s] business,” said Mary Vilbon, the chamber’s executive director.

Vilbon said the chamber has already received survey input from many of its members.

“Eighty-nine percent of them already say that they try to encourage their employees to recycle and to think about the way they use their plastic bags,” she said.

Seven Cape Cod towns have passed bans of plastic bags and include Barnstable, Chatham, Falmouth, Harwich, Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet.

Nantucket has also passed a ban along with four towns on Martha’s Vineyard.

Vilbon expects the chamber will release a report on the survey results after they have received them from all its members.

Selectmen in Harwich recently voted to move up the start date of its ban from July 1 to June 15.

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