Ban supported in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON — Town officials are in the process of prohibiting single-use plastic bags here.

"It went well," Town Manager Scott Tucker said regarding a discussion about a plastic bag ban at last week's Select Board meeting.

Representatives from four businesses attended the meeting and one merchant who could not make it to the meeting had expressed mixed feelings about the proposed ordinance, Tucker wrote in an email. He called comments at the meeting "supportive."

A representative from Shaw's did not come to the meeting, said Tucker, but the supermarket is expected to comply once the ordinance takes effect, as Administrative Assistance Jessica DeFrancesco had made the store aware of the proposal.

Tucker said he expects board member Sarah Fisher will offer a draft ordinance "very soon." She introduced the idea at an earlier meeting.

In a previous interview, Fisher said the impetus came out of concern for the environment. She said she heard of other communities prohibiting the use of single-use bags and thought Wilmington might want to follow suit.

"The Select Board is going to proceed with drafting an ordinance similar to Brattleboro's," said Meg Staloff, program coordinator for downtown organization Wilmington Works who had reached out to downtown merchants to inform them of the proposal and see whether they had any feelings about it.

Staloff said there could be more comments at a public hearing required once an ordinance is drafted and proposed for adoption. She described discussion at the meeting as "pretty uneventful."

"A few people showed up for the discussion but all seemed to be there to find out more or to speak in favor," said Staloff.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.

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