Barrington polling people about plastic bag ban

How do you feel about the plastic bag ban in Barrington? The Barrington Conservation Commission, with help from Roger Williams University students, is conducting a survey regarding the plastic bag ban established by the town council in Jan. 2013. The survey aims to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of the plastic bag policy. In Oct. 2012, Barrington became the first town in Rhode Island to prohibit the use of plastic shopping bags at checkouts (it still allows certain barrier bags, like those used for fruits and vegetables in grocery stores). The council voted 4-1 in favor of the ban, but also agreed to a sunset provision; the ordinance will automatically expire on Jan. 31, 2015, unless action is taken at that time to leave the ordinance in effect. In an effort to better understand the ban's impact and how people feel about the ordinance, officials decided to order a survey. The results will be tabulated and presented to the Barrington Town Council in December. To access the survey, visit People can also call the town clerk's office at 247-1900 to respond to the survey questions. Officials said the survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.


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