Historic Bottle Ban Passes in Great Barrington
Great Barrington held its annual town meeting Monday night, and it was a historic meeting at that. By a margin of 2 to 1, the town became only the third municipality in the country to place a ban on the use of single use plastic water bottles of one liter in size or less.
The Berkshire Edge.com reports that all the communities that have done so are in Massachusetts. There was not a secret ballot. Town Moderator Michael Wise simply called for show of hands and the 2 to 1 margin was evident.
The ban will go into effect in May of next year. The proposal was crafted and marketed by the environmental committee of the Berkshire Women’s Action Group and Indivisible Berkshires.
Three students from Monument Mountain Regional High School made an impassioned presentation supporting the measure. The only person to speak against it was Great Barrington Republican Town Committee Chairman, Andy Moro. His concern was that the ban would hurt town merchants and retailers.