COA to request hearing on plastic bag ordinance

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Clean Ocean Access will appear before the Town Council meeting on Monday and request a public hearing for the draft of a plastic bag ordinance. 

The entire drafted ordinance can be read here: 

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In November, the town of Portsmouth released the results of a survey, showing residents support banning single-use plastic bags in town. Two-thirds of survey respondents or 66.3 percent approved of such a ban. 

The survey results can be found here

If Portsmouth approved the ban, it would become the third and final Aquidneck Island community to ban single-use carryout plastic bags, making the island completely plastic free. 


Both the city of Newport and town of Middletown passed ordinances banning plastic bags last year. Both ordinances went into effect on Nov. 1.

COA asks residents to attend the Town Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road. 

“Please attend the Council meeting at Portsmouth Town Hall at 7 p.m. and express support for the council to move forward with the draft ordinance for ‘advertising for public hearing’. While this is a procedural step and usually not a time for discussion/debate, it is very important we are present just in case there are challenges or questions.”

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