At their May 25th meeting, six Newport City Council members voted in favor of supporting a resolution that will construct an ordinance to phase out the use of disposable plastic bags in Newport on Wednesday night

Approval of the resolution required the City Administration to work with EEC and the Planning Board to construct an ordinance to phase out the use of disposable plastic bags. The resolution also required 2 public workshops to engage the community in the development of any public policy.

“The public is invited to the first workshop on Monday, September 26 at 6:00 in the Newport Public Library in the Program room. The discussion will include a review of existing ban the bag policies in other RI communities and other states, will make a case for the need for such a policy and will invite public comments,” Representative Lauren Carson shared on her Facebook Page on Tuesday.

According to the resolution, more than 100 municipalities across the nation have placed restrictions on the use of plastic bags in their communities. On January 1st, 2013, Barrington became the first community in Rhode Island to ban plastic bags.

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