A proposal to follow Barrington in banning plastic bags from local retail stores has already generated lots of local reaction — including several comments posted on the Bristol-Warren Patch Facebook page.
Town Councilor Timothy Sweeney has suggested the ban, and the reaction of our readers showed a fairly mixed reception to the idea.
In the comment board of our initial article, Jack Baillargeron simply said: NO!!
Reader Lorraine F wrote:
I have given up on the replacement paper bags that Shaw's and other stores provide.
The plastic bags have strong handles capable of carrying three large bottles of water (yes, I recycle the plastic bottles).
The paper replacement bags Shaws is using with those little glued on handles (using paper mache paste) fail all the time, usually as I'm trying to get through the outside door into the house.
My recommendation to non-Barringtonites - shop once at Shaws and put a normal heavy load into a plastic bag, and the same heavy load into their paper bag.
OK, I can hear it now - why not use reusable bags? Well I do, because I now go to Sam's Club.
jackie cranwell spoke up for reusable shopping bags:
The recycle bags definitely work and many are avail free. No reason for not using. We need to train ourselves to take them into the stores.
A ban may be the only way to get people to stop using plastic, opined Ron Cranwell...
Yes ban them. People are too lazy to change. The average plastic bag is used for 15 mins but here for ever [sic]. Plastic is entering the food chain via our oceans. Do you want to eat plastic fish?
Buy a few nice cloth bags keep them in the car.
... to which Nancy L. Richard added her approval:
Ron, you have the right idea! We use canvas totes, which we keep in the car, and find it most convenient. We all have to sacrifice a little convenience for the sake of the planet. I hate seeing all those plastic bags on the side of the roads, not to mention the damage it does to wildlife.
Have your say!
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