Single-use plastic shopping bags now banned in Rockland

By Stephen Betts | Jan 02, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Hannaford supermarket in Rockland charges 5 cents per paper bag to encourage the use of reusable shopping bags.

Rockland — The distribution of single-use plastic shopping bags is now prohibited in Rockland.

The City Council voted unanimously March 12 of last year to approve the ban, but agreed to have the law take effect Jan. 1 to give businesses and the public time to prepare for the change.

Hannaford supermarket in Rockland is charging 5 cents per paper bag to encourage the use of reusable shopping bags.

Rockland Main Street Inc. has ordered 5,000 large reusable bags that will be distributed free to city residents. The purchase was made possible through donations by eight local businesses.

The bags were ordered in July, but have not yet arrived.

Camden voters also approved a ban on single-use plastic bags Nov 6 for all retail establishments and charging a 10-cent fee for paper bags, excluding restaurants. The plastic bag ban takes effect April 30.

Comments (1)
Posted by: William Leonard | Jan 05, 2019 10:14

I am not against using less plastic, but did the debate in Rockland include the issue of bacteria and possible cross contamination?

I think it’s great that Rockland Main Street is donating bags to “Rockland residents”. Does that mean they don’t care if non-residents take their shopping elsewhere? This is in one sense a trivial matter but the question did occur to me.



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