GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s a push to ban plastic bags in Greenfield. It’s a concept that some lawmakers want to bring to the state level.
“I think it’s a good idea,” said Sandra Apostles of Gill. “They are sturdy too. The plastic ones you have to double them up sometimes and you do see them hanging around and the little animals can get caught up in them.”
“We need to take responsibility and stop creating more and more waste when we don’t have to,” said Hawley resident Elizabeth Boltz.
Its a question of helping the environment versus the convenience of single use plastic bags. Greenfield is proposing to ban plastic bags, bottles and containers throughout the town.
Gail Buckley, Keene NH
“They are going way overboard with banning this and banning that. Plastic bags, Confederate flags. It’s the government trying to control very aspect of our lives,” said Gail Bucklet of Keene, N.H.
Others told 22News they’d support a ban, but don’t care for reusable bags either.
“As you can see I forgot and left them in the car when I went shopping which is often what happens. Also I just don’t like having to worry about cleaning them out and having my meat in them,” said Ashfield resident Tamara Miller.
Those opposed say plastic bags can be reused to line trash bins and pick up pet waste. They say it would cost businesses more money.
So far, 15 communities in Massachusetts have banned single use plastic bags.
According to State Senator Jamie Eldridge, the U.S. uses 100-billion plastic bags every year.