A local citizens group looking to ban plastic bags in Greenfield may soon get what they want. Town councilors passed a vote Wednesday night, allowing the decision to be left up to voters.
There are the three non-binding referendum questions that were proposed tonight:
Shall the Greenfield City Council draft a local ordinance banning the usage of thin-film single-use plastic bags by retail establishments?
Shall the Greenfield City Council draft a local ordinance banning the sale of non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water in single-use plastic bottles not larger than one liter in size?
Shall the Greenfield City Council draft a local ordinance banning the usage of non-biodegradable food containers and single-use utensils?
"Plastics are for the most part not recycled and are choking our rivers and causing the five Gyers in the ocean. It's affecting our climate and our environment," said Louise Amayot of Greenfield Rights of Nature.
The original proposal by Amayot and the group she's apart of, The Greenfield Rights of Nature, would have banned plastic bags, water bottles, and foam containers, all together.
Town Councilor Rudy Renaud wants to leave it up to the voters.
"In terms of the whole bundled initiative, I wasn't a supporter of that. I felt like it was too much, too soon. But I'm definitely in support of them as people and I get what they're trying to do, it's a good effort," said Renaud.
We asked a local business owner his thoughts on the proposal.
"I would rather see them put their efforts into mass recycling, you know, single source recycling would be awesome," said Matthew Deane, Fosters Supermarket.
Deane says he's always trying to find ways to reduce the amount of plastic his supermarket uses daily.
"We have our reusable bags over there that we sell to the customers for cost basically," said Deane. "We take back as much plastic as people bring back.
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