Bring your own bag for shopping.
Whether it's groceries, farmstand produce,
gifts or clothing, reduce your amount of
trash created to bring items home.
Keep extra reusable bags in the car, in your purse
or pack, and in easy to reach places near
the door to grab when leaving home.
Let elected officials know you want their support
to REDUCE plastic pollution and waste in our community. Add your name today.
ATTEND THE JUNE 11th PUBLIC HEARING
8 pm Town Hall
Help fill the room with supporters.
If speaking, ask the Town Council to AMEND the current draft ordinance. See below.
Good news! Our Town Councilors have made diligent efforts to move a plastic bag ban forward. The Policy & Ordinance Committee discussed edits to a previously released draft ordinance on 6/4/19.
They have been fine-tuning the language and it appears that the draft language will restrict plastic film bags under 12 mil thickness. We will continue to ask the Town Council to add a 10 cent fee for recyclable paper bags to be kept by stores.
Currently, 15 towns and cities have passed laws banning plastic checkout bags. The majority of these laws do not allow plastic bags under 12 mil thickness to be given out free by stores. Several towns have defined reusable bags as cloth or fiber bags only that are machine washable. About half of CT's and the US locally passed laws also include a 10 cent fee kept by stores. The State of California has a 10 cent fee kept by ALL stores for paper. A recent NY State law permits Counties to enact a 10 cent fee for paper.
A switch from plastic to always taking "free" paper bags isn't a sustainable solution. The goal is to encourage customers to BYO bag when shopping. A 10 cent fee kept by stores supports small businesses in town and provides financial encouragement for people to BYO bag instead of just switching to paper. A study done in Richmond CA shows that after a 10 cent paper bag fee was enacted while banning plastic bags, customers spent less than $4 a YEAR on bags. They mostly used no bag for a few items or brought their own. Paper bags contribute to excessive greenhouse gases to produce, deliver and to dispose (incinerated in CT). It is a minimal cost if people forget to bring a bag AND it is avoided by people who BYO bag. "Free" bags are factored into business costs or overall costs of groceries., so people who BYO bag are really subsidizing those who don't.
We are dedicated to improving the lives of those in our community.
Your contribution today helps us maintain this website, hold community events and provide reusable bags for free to those in need.
You will donate via TALK Glastonbury, but all funds donated through this site will be allocated to the work of the Skip The Plastic Glastonbury Project.