We've heard of Portland and South Portland imposing a bag fee for plastic bags at retail stores. Last night, the town of Falmouth, Maine came closer to becoming the first community in Maine to ban stores from issuing single-use plastic bags.
The Portland City Council will be voting tonight on two ordinances that have plenty of people talking. One would charge five cents for disposable bags at stores that sell food. The second one would ban plastic foam containers, also known as Styrofoam.
Portland shoppers might be paying to use plastic or paper bags to carry groceries out of supermarkets and convenience stores in Portland. Those in favor of the ordinance want to see a reduction in single-use plastic grocery bags, hoping a per-bag fee will encourage shoppers in Portland to switch to …
The Portland City Council formed a Green Packaging Working Group earlier in 2013 and assigned it to develop ordinances to eliminate sales of food and drinks in polystyrene packing, better known as the brand name Styrofoam and to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags in Portland.