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Williamstown Elementary Pupils Given Reusable Water Bottles

Williamstown Elementary School pupils learned Friday about where their tap water comes from and where their plastic water bottles go.

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Pittsfield Council Stalls Plastic Bag Ban Vote

A potential ban on single-use plastic bags was against delayed Tuesday night after the City Council appeared gridlocked on a few details. The proposals to eliminate the bags primarily used at the grocery store checkout has been nearly six years in the making since Attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo first petitioned for it in conjunction with a ban on styrofoam. The two were uncoupled and in 2015 the City Council passed a ban on Styrofoam food containers.

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Aircraft Parts Company Wins Lever Manufacturing Challenge

Daryian Rhysing said the funds will go toward developing the prototype and begin the human and stress testing of the lightweight composite clamp.

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Big Y Plans to Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Bags in 2020

Big Y Foods Inc., one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England, will eliminate its use of the bags from all 70 of its markets, specialty stores and Big Y Express Gas and Convenience locations in 2020.

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North Adams Committee Mulling Plastic-Bag Ban

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.

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Pittsfield Health Director Concerned With Plastic Bag-Ban Enforcement

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.

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