Several towns & cities have already banned the use of plastic bags, with Newtown considering a move to do the same. So what exactly, does this mean for residents and anyone who shops in Newtown?

A public hearing is set for Wednesday June 5th at 7PM in the Municipal Center for residents to come and voice their opinions. Cities and towns like Stamford, Norwalk, New Canaan, Hamden, Westport, New Britain, and Greenwich have already banned plastic bags and in some instances charge those who don’t bring reusable bags into the store a fee. The State of Connecticut is considering a move that would ban plastic bags, straws and take out containers.

Here’s a quick summary of where the ban stands:

  • The ban has been under consideration for about a year and the Ordinance Committee feels that it is time to get public input.
  • A minimum fee of $0.10 will be charged at check-out for customers who do not bring reusable bags.The revenue would go to the stores as opposed to the town as originally proposed.
    • If the State of Connecticut passes its ban, then the fee would go to the state as indicated in their proposed legislation.
  • Newtown Environmental Action Team (NEAT) will have data sheets available at the hearing with information on the harm plastic bags do, as well as information on how much energy manufacturing paper bags require.
  • The ban would effect ALL businesses in Newtown that sell or provide food, merchandise, or goods.
    • There are several exemptions such as dry cleaning bags, bags sold in packages (i.e. garbage bags or pet waste bags), bulk item bags, bags used to carry flowers or plants, and bags used to carry prescription medicine.

If you can’t make the hearing, you can contact the Legislative Committee here or follow the NEAT Facebook page for up to the date information.

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