Dec 12 forum on Plastics Pollution and Plastic Bag Ordinances, in Ellsworth

Plastics Pollution and Bag Ordinances

The public is invited to a forum on a proposed ordinance regarding single use carry-out plastic bags.  It will be in Ellsworth at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, December 12, in the Ellsworth City Hall Auditorium.  The Ellsworth Green Action Team, a subcommittee of the Ellsworth Green Plan, has drafted an ordinance for the City that would eliminate single use carry-out plastic bags. Nineteen communities in Maine have already passed ordinances that limit the use of single use carry-out plastic bags.  Will Ellsworth soon join them?

Madelyn Woods, M.S., Marine Research Coordinator at the Shaw Institute, will open the forum with a short illustrated talk on plastics pollution.  Shaw Institute has a long history of cutting edge research  on microplastic pollution in the Gulf of Maine and has a national reputation for contributions to the field.   A panel discussion about the proposed ordinance will follow. Panel members include: Julia Ventresco, a member of EGAT, who will explain the draft ordinance; a representative from Tradewinds Markets who has experience with a similar bag ordinance in Blue Hill; and Anita King who helped organize the adoption of a similar ordinance in Belfast.  A representative from the City knowledgeable about bag ordinances statewide will be on hand to answer questions.  There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience and for discussion.

Plastic pollution is all around us, and the deadly harm done to marine life is especially evident.  Whales are found dead, their stomachs filled with plastic debris.  And tiny bits of plastic called microplastics are found in table salt worldwide as well as in seafood, especially mussels, clams, and oysters.  EGAT encourages everyone to reduce their use of plastics.  Bringing your own reusable bag to the market is a good place to start.

For more information, contact Martha Dickinson at 667-5863.

Martha Dickinson
40 Washington Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605

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