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Weston Fourth Graders Propose Plastic Bag Ban

The two students presented in front of the Board of Selectmen last week.

Will Weston join neighboring Westport in banning plastic bags in town?

Two of Weston's fourth graders hope the town does.

Colleen Moore and Julia Morledge made their case to the Board of Selectmen last week. The girls said that Americans throw away one billion plastic bags each year, and few get recycled.

"We plan to propose to [Jim] Magee, the owner of Peter's Weston Market, the idea of using cloth bags which are reusable so he wouldn’t have to keep ordering them after the initial demand," Moore said.

The girls circulated a petition around town and have gotten 150 signatures, they said.

While it might be more expensive for business owners to offer reusable bags or paper bags instead of plastic bags, banning plastic bags "could make a drastic difference in the environment," Morledge said. 

The selectmen thanked the girls for their presentation.

Selectman David Muller advised the girls that laws need to be passed fairly, so it would be prudent to get their thoughts of other business owners in Weston Center as well. 

Don Saltzman said the girls were a "great example of what our Board of Education does with our little ones." The school boards "brings them up to think, which is a very, very important thing."

Saltzman cautioned, however, that reusable bags have been shown to carry bacteria, which in some cases can be deadly. 

First Selectman Gayle Weinstein said she will arrange a conversation between the girls, business owners and the sustainability committee to see if some sort of compromise could be reached. 

The girls' PowerPoint presentation can be seen here.

canaan guy February 15, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Why is this great? Last time I looked, people have the right to choose what they want. If you want to pay for a cloth bag, then "you" buy them for everyone as well. Typical lib.
Weston Family February 15, 2013 at 03:49 PM
I love (and always reuse) my plastic bags but that's besides the point. Why do we need a "ban" - we have what 3 or 4 stores in all of Weston? How about working with store owners directly to find a solution. Starting a petition and trying to enact a "ban" doesn't seem very small town friendly. And agreed - why not try and change the habits of shoppers - design a Weston reusable bag and offer for sale. What's next teaching our kids the solution to disagreements is lawsuits?
Grizzled Vet February 15, 2013 at 08:07 PM
I commend these girls for trying to advocate for their future environment in the face of the conservative right who will stop at no cost or common sense to protect their God given right to make stupid choices that have negative consequences for us all. Boo plastic bags. They are always blowing around the gun range and distracting me during my daily target practice session before my daily viewing of fox and friends.
Admiral Obvious February 19, 2013 at 01:46 AM
I love when an item become's new's, especially when it's about how 9 year old's who are so weathered by the way's of the world at their advanced age, feel they are in the position to initiate guideline's by which adult society should live by.

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