Blog : BYOB York and the Blue Ocean Society Present: Bag It

By Katelyn | Feb 25, 2015 | in

How many plastic bags do you use each day? Not a lot, maybe just one or two, but how many plastic bags do you use in a week, a month, a year? Now think about how many are used worldwide. Each month, 42 billion plastic bags are used around the world, with the vast majority traveling to landfills, incinerators, or to someone’s community as garbage. Cities and towns across the U.S are stepping up to encourage their councilmen to ban single-use plastic bags or to charge a fee to direct customers away from them.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) York is a town wide initiative to reduce single-use plastic bags and promote reusable bags by charging a small fee for each disposable bag used by a customer. The group hopes the ordinance will be passed by the York Board of Selectmen to help reduce the number of plastic bags that end up in landfills, in our waterways, and in the ocean. BYOB York as teamed up with the Blue Ocean Society to present the film Bag It, a documentary on the detrimental effects of plastic bags on the environment and our health. The Blue Ocean Society, a Business Partner with the Green Alliance, works to protect marine mammals in the Gulf of Maine through research, conservation, and education of the public.

This documentary will be shown on Sunday, March 1, at 3:00 p.m. at the York Public Library, and will be accompanied by a discussion on what we can do to reduce our use of plastics, led by Bob Luttman, a York resident and Blue Ocean Society volunteer. Admission is free and all are encouraged to come and learn more about the initiatives being taken to move from single-use plastic bags to more sustainable choices.

York is not the only town in the area that may be on its way towards the introduction of a fee for plastic bags. The New Hampshire Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics coalition recently proposed an ordinance to the Portsmouth City Council which, if accepted, would call for Portsmouth grocery stores and retailers to offer recycled paper bags at 10 cents each or place items in bags provided by customers. Keep your eyes open to see if the proposed ordinances in York and Portsmouth are put into effect by the City Councils in the upcoming months.

Click here to read the full story on the initiative in Portsmouth.

To learn more about the documentary Bag It, visit the site here.