The Town Council plans to unveil an ordinance at its next meeting on Sept. 10 that will ban plastic grocery and takeout bags in Barrington.
The bag-ban ordinance then will get a public hearing at the Town Council's Oct. 1 meeting, and probably a vote on the ordinance.
The Conservation Commission supports the ban because of concerns over the negative environmental impact of the bags. It is getting support from several environmental groups with the same concerns.
Opponents, primarily those invested in the plastic industry, believe there is a better way to deal with the ubiquitious bags -- recycling them into other plastic products and mulch.
Recycling rates remain in the 11 to 14 percent range, however, and have been increasing only about a percentage or two each year. A recycling initiative that can change the behavior of people seems to be the only way to make a major change.
There also is a concern that Barrington merchants may suddenly be put at a competitive disadvantage if they don't offer shoppers a choice of paper or plastic. Shaw's Supermarket announced it will be testing that concern by phasing out plastic bags over the next 90-120 days.
What do you think? Are you in favor of a ban? Vote in the poll, which will run over the next week.