12 / 19 / 2019
  - 04:18:29 PM
Franklin To Reduce Plastic Bag Use
  

By MyFm's Rick Michaels - A plastic bag reduction plan for the Town of Franklin…went before the Town Council last night and although no official vote was taken a consensus of council members at the end of a presentation by supporters reveals a plastic bag reduction plan will be approved early next year. A group of Franklin High School students made their pitch to the council last night having first done so back in 2016 claiming the plastic check-out bags are an environmental nuisance adversely affect public health and recycling of plastic bags, is not available through the town’s recycling program. The plastic bag reduction plan proposal has been revised to include a one year transition period that will be included in a proposed by-law, likely to go before the Council early next year.Town Councilor Eamon Earls spoke against the proposal saying other than a feels good measure he cited statistics that contradicted the potential positive impacts. Earls was among a few councilors who were concerned about the State passing a plastic bag ban of some sort which would make any Franklin proposal on the books null and void. At the end of the Council meeting Chairman Thomas Mercer asked his fellow councilors, would you like to see this proposal come in the way of a by-law or resolution by a 7-1 vote, the Council suggested it be presented as a by-law. 

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