City officials are poised to render a decision on the plastic bag ban. Eventually.
Attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo proposed a ban on single-use plastic bag - specifically the bags used at the checkout of grocery stores - a little over five years ago. Then, Pittsfield would have been at the forefront of the effort and during the time it has kicked around the legislative process, 79 other communities in the state have passed bans.
Cohen had developed the survey through surveymonkey.com to gather input from businesses. At last week's meeting, a pizzeria owner had indicated owners might be leery of expressing their opinions in public.
The ban proposal had been raised by Committee Chairman Eric Buddington, who said he had been looking into ban put in place by other communities. About 69 or 70 municipalities in Massachusetts have prohibitions on the plastic bags, with some including polystyrene containers.
The petition, filed by the Green Commission and local attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo, is before the City Council now. It would place a ban on certain single-use plastic bags — mostly the plastic bags used for groceries at the supermarket. But the enforcement of that falls on the Board of Health, which says it wouldn't be able to do regular inspections.
At this point, Rinaldo Del Gallo just wants a resolution to the plastic bag ban proposal.
The attorney filed a petition back in 2013 for the city to ban single-use plastic bags — especially at grocery stores. And yet, five years later the ban is still making its way through the City Council process.
But if it passes the City Council, Pittsfield will not be the second community in Berkshire County to ban single-use plastic bags, it will be the seventh. Four years of study later, it is time to end the paralysis of analysis and protect tourism and the environment.
A Grove Street resident came to the board Wednesday with a bag full of shredded blue tarp that she dug out of her yard. She said the tarps on the roof of the old mill are shredded by the wind and litter the entire neighborhood.
A steady flow of children and parents partook in the initiative to create reusable grocery bags out of recycled materials. With a plastic bag ban in effect, multiple groups have signed on to the challenge to help make a bag for each resident.
The Board of Health has questions about the town's recently implemented plastic-bag ban and how it is applied to takeout services.
Kelly Cross of Chee's Chinese Cuisine attended Wednesday's board meeting to ask if the restaurant could use biodegradable bags instead of paper bags because if sauces spill in the paper bags, they tend to rip
The Adams BagShare Project is not only making waves in town but across the region and the country.
Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco held a small meeting at Town Hall Thursday to mark the first day of the plastic bag ban in town and to thank those involved in the project charged with creating 8,400 reusable grocery bags out of recycled material – one for each resident.
The local BagShare Project uses recycled materials — mainly plastic woven feed bags and used irrigation tubing — to create free reusable bags for consumer use. Brought to North Berkshire by Leni Fried and Mike Augspurger of the Old Stone Mill, the town's taken up the challenge to create a sustainable bag for every resident in Adams ahead of the plastic bag ban that goes into effect on March 30 for larger retailers.