Plastic bags soon to be banned from Northampton

Plastic bag ban will go into effect in Northampton January 2016

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Plastic bags will soon be a thing of the past In Northampton.

The City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to ban one-time-use plastic bags. The one exception being businesses that pre-purchased plastic bags, can use the rest of their inventory before complying with the ban.

Residents will have to use alternatives, like paper or reusable cloth bags. The goal of the ban is to cut down on pollution.

“The next generation is going to have to live in this world, if you don’t take care of it now our children are going to have no place to live” said Ilona Murray of Easthampton.

Northampton is not the first town in Massachusetts to take this ban into consideration, several other towns have already put a ban on plastic bags in place.

Nine towns and cities ranging from Nantucket to Great Barrington have turned to plastic bag alternatives. Northampton will be the first in the Pioneer Valley community to institute a plastic bag ban.

“This is a city that would do fine with It. Everyone has their own bags anyways, if you go to the grocery store that is what you see everyone has their own bags” said Noah Phillips of Northampton.

Many stores in the area already use paper bags. To comply with the ban, bags will need to be recyclable. No one time use plastic bags.

Once the mayor signs it, the ban will go into effect next January.

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