Northampton City Council may vote on plastic bag ban

Proposal would stop supermarkets from distributing bags

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Thursday night may be the night that Northampton’s City Council makes a final decision on the future of plastic bags in the city. A ban on plastic bags is on the agenda when the council meets at 7:00 P.M.

Specifically, the ban would prohibit supermarkets from distributing plastic bags at the checkout. If approved, the Board of Health would be responsible for enforcing the new rule.

Stop & Shop sent a letter to the council expressing their concern, but representatives from Serio’s Market on State Street told 22News that they’re not worried, because they got rid of plastic bags back in 2008.

The goal of the ordinance is to be more environmentally-friendly, but not every city resident supports the idea.

“I’m actually not in favor of it, because I do use plastic bags in the bathroom in the little trash barrel, and also to pick up the dog’s poop. I am finding uses for them. It will make it more difficult; you’ll always have to plan on bringing a bag with you,” Jody Callahan of Northampton said.

If approved by the council, the matter will go to Mayor David Narkewicz.

Businesses affected may be eligible for three six-month deferments to comply with the ban.

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