Hello Westerly, RI! As of 1/1/2020, single-use plastic bags will be banned in Westerly.
The purpose of this new law is outlined as “Single-use plastic bags are often discarded into the environment, which ends up polluting our waterways, oceans, streams, lakes, ponds, endangering marine life and causing unsightly litter, and getting trapped in our sewer systems. It can take up to 20 years for a plastic bag to decompose. It has been determined that plastic bags pose a risk to the environment, particularly to wildlife and marine animals so as to constitute a public nuisance.”
Linked below is the new law. Please educate yourself on this new ban as no matter one’s opinion, it will become law.
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