Cambridge City Councillor Dennis Carlone invites residents, businesses, and all interested parties to attend the ordinance committee hearing on the plastic bag ban.
The meeting will be held in the Sullivan Chamber at City Hall, Thursday, March 12, 5:30 pm. It is expected that the council will listen to public comment and consider a series of amendments to pending legislation at this hearing.
Councillor Carlone believes that plastic checkout bags should be restricted and banned because they are typically made from a polyethylene that is not biodegradable. Instead, the bags break into small pieces, called microplastics, which are consumed by animals and litter the ground. The bags have been shown to release toxins into the soil and water, threatening the food chain and presenting a serious danger to both humans and animals.
Councillor Carlone outlined his thoughts on the proposed amendments in this blog post from January.
Here are the materials for the March 12 meeting:
- Original Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance (now before the City Council)
- Revised/Proposed Amendments (to be considered March 12)
- Redlined Version of Ordinance with Amendments
- Letter from City Manager (regarding legal question of fee-for-bags)
- Draft/proposed regulations
Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns. Thank you.
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