Portsmouth to hold plastic bag ordinance hearing Monday

The town of Portsmouth will hold a public hearing Monday, Feb. 26, to discuss a proposed ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags.

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The town of Portsmouth will hold a public hearing Monday on a proposed ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags.

The public hearing will take place during the Portsmouth Town Council meeting Monday, Feb. 26, starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road. 

The town of Portsmouth, like other communities throughout the country, including the city of Providence, are debating the distribution of single-use plastic bags at local businesses. 

In November, the town released the results of a survey, showing the majority of respondents 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. Both ordinances went into effect on Nov. 1, 2017. 

The drafted ordinance for Portsmouth does not include an effective date. The drafted ordinance can be read in entirety here: 

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The entire Town Council meeting agenda can be read here: 

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