PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Following Middletown and Newport’s decisions, will Portsmouth become the third island community to ban single use plastic bags and make Aquidneck Island completely plastic bag free? The town takes up the debate at Monday’s Town Council meeting.
The town of Portsmouth will discuss banning plastic bags at Monday’s council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road.
Clean Ocean Access is requesting Portsmouth to draft an ordinance prohibit businesses from using plastic carry out bags or “single use plastic bags.”
“We are requesting the Town Council to create a draft ordinance to eliminate single use plastic bags,” writes Clean Ocean Access. “This will create an island-wide ordinance and position Aquidneck Island as a leader for environmental stewardship.
“Please help to support this effort by (1) attending the meeting on Monday night, (2) calling the Council beforehand expressing support, (3) signing the petition, and (4) getting outside to enjoy the land and ocean of the island, connect with nature and developing that deep sense of responsibility. Thank you!”
According to Clean Ocean Access, more than 1,200 people have signed a petition in Portsmouth supporting the ban.
Both the city of Newport and town of Middletown passed ordinances banning plastic bags earlier this year. Both ordinances go into effect on Nov. 1. The town of Jamestown has also passed an ordinance banning single use plastic bags.
What do you think about banning plastic bags? Should Portsmouth pass an ordinance?
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Clean Ocean Access also provided the following links for more information:
Portsmouth Town Council
COA position statement
COA information page
COA request packet