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Great Barrington Will Revisit Plastic Bottle Ban At Special Town Meeting

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Great Barrington Town Hall

Great Barrington, Massachusetts is holding a special town meeting Monday night to revisit its May vote to ban single use plastic water bottles.

Environmental activist are eager to maintain the ban, while some small local businesses fighting to continue sales of bottled water.

Great Barrington selectboard chair Stephen Bannon says he expects the meeting to be well attended. He says special meetings are a rarity in the town of about 7,000.

“The town tries to avoid it because usually we get everything done at our town meeting in May.”

337 signatures were collected calling for the second town meeting in 2018 — well over the 200 required. It will be held at Monument Mountain Regional High School at 6 p.m. Monday. Great Barrington is one of a handful of localities in the U.S. to enact such a plastic bottle ban.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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