Plastics and Plastic Bag Workshop

Background Material for the Plastics and Plastic Bag Workshop (Held on November 9, 2017)

This page provides background material on Plastics and Plastic Bags and to help prospective attendees at the Plastics and Plastic Bag Workshop do some "homework" prior the November 9, 2017 Workshop. There will be three workshop focus groups.  Material specific to each area will be posted at the following links for the three proposed groups.

Workshop Handout

 Click on this link to download a pdf file Plastic Bag Workshop Handout 11-9-17

Background Material for the Workshop Groups are at the following links.

Workshop Agenda - November 9, 2017 

A Welcome Letter from the Town Administrator (Click Here)

  • 6:30 PM - Registration and Meet and Greet

  • 7:00 PM - Introductions and Working Group Briefs

  • 7:20 PM - Topical Discussion

  • 8:20 PM - Wrap-up

General Background Material

There are many sources of information and comment on plastics and, in particular, plastic bags. Here are some web sites that provide various aspects of the plastic bag debate.

General Notes and Resources

The Plastic Bag Debate Around the World

Earth 911

Earth 911 Provided some perspective at:

The Great Ocean Garbage Patch

Proponents of plastic bag bans often point to the prevalence of plastic bags debris in the oceans. The below is a link to The Great Ocean Garbage Patch.

A Fiscal Approach

Outside of outright bans, some cities and counties have taken a fiscal approach to curbing plastic bag use and waste. City Council members in New York City have proposed the idea of a 10 cent charge for each plastic bag. A similar bill proposed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was shot down by state lawmakers in 2009.


Another financial consideration is that some retailers claim that plastic bag bans — and the increase in the use of reusable bags — have led to an uptick in shoplifting. Twenty-one percent of business owners surveyed in a Seattle Public Utilities survey say they’ve seen an increase in shoplifting since the city banned plastic bags in July 2012. One area grocery owner claims to have lost at least $8,000 in merchandise since the ban was instituted. 

Should Stores Have a Say?

According to consumers, stores should have a say in the matter. Sixty-five percent of Americans oppose plastic bag bans, according to the results of a Reason-Rupe poll released in August.

The majority of those surveyed indicated that individual stores should determine what type of bags should be made available and whether a cost should be associated.

Plastic Bags - a Bad Rap?

The below link notes that: “Despite the facts, plastic bags have gotten a bad rap. Here's the truth about your plastic bags and why they are the right choice for the environment, your wallet and your community.”

The Case for NOT Banning Plastic Bags

The below link makes a case for NOT banning plastic bags.

Both Sides of the Debate

The following NY Times article provide information on both sides of the debate.

20 Reasons Why

The follows present 20 reasons why plastic bags should be banned.

10 More Reasons Why

The following presents 10 reasons to ban plastic bags.