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Move To Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags Gaining Momentum In Vermont

A shopper with a single-use plastic bag

A movement to ban single-use plastic bags is gaining momentum in Vermont as voters in at least three more communities supported such a ban on Town Meeting Day.
During Town Meeting day votes on Tuesday, residents in Middlebury, Manchester and Burlington all voted in favor of the idea.

The votes were advisory. But they follow a plastic bag ban in Brattleboro that went into effect last year. In November, Montpelier voters asked for a charter change to prohibit the bags. Middlebury College Professor of Political Science Bert Johnson: “All of them passed overwhelmingly which may prompt state action on that. The Legislature might pass a statewide ban.”

The measure reflects a larger trend across the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  Contents © copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

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