ELLSWORTH- The Ellsworth City Council discussed banning plastic bags on Monday night and it wasn’t welcomed by everyone.
“It’s a very simple ordinance that would ban single use carry out plastic bags” Martha Dickinson, a member of the Ellsworth Green Action Team explained.
On Monday night, they proposed the ordinance to city council.
The plastic bag ban in Ellsworth would not include items such as produce bags and newspaper bags.
If Ellsworth were to adopt this ordinance, it would join more than a dozen other cities and towns across the state that have similar bans.
“It’s really startling. I mean there are microplastics in the oysters and muscles and all the seafood that we eat” Dickinson added. “It’s in our bodies too.”
Representatives from the Ellsworth Green Action Team say the proposal received strong support from some city councilors, but it was not received well by all of them.
“There’s a lot of activity going on in Ellsworth and I just don’t see where a bag ban would help it” city council chair, Marc Blanchette stated.
Blanchette says that as an elected official, the well-being of Ellsworth is his priority.
“My main concern is that i want to make sure it isn’t symbolism over a sound city policy” he added.
In the meantime, the Green Action Team has set up a community bag share in the Maine Grind Building.