Feb 4, 2015 4:16 PM

Ban on plastic bags proposed in Portsmouth


PORTSMOUTH- Portsmouth could be the first city in New Hampshire to ban plastic bags from stores. At this point a proposed ordinance is in the early stages, but one city councilor is looking to ban the single-use bags from grocery and retail stores.

The proposal was heard at Tuesday night's city council meeting. Not everyone is on board with it with the idea of a ban. The councilor proposing it says the average person uses hundreds of single-use bags a year and they don't decompose easily.

The proposed ordinance would only target the city's largest retailers and would not affect smaller businesses. The ordinance calls for a warning the first time a retailer violates the ban, and a $100 fine for each violation. The ordinance would allow for certain kinds of bags in the stores that are recyclable.
The ban would force shoppers to purchase reusable bags, something not everyone is on board with.

Some don't agree with an all-out ban they say it wouldn't stop them from shopping at stores that didn't carry the bags.

The city's sustainability committee and city attorney are looking at the proposal before it moves any further.


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