Single-Serving Bottled Water banned in Concord
Town Bans Sale Of Bottled Water
Single-Serving Plastic Water Bottles Banned
By WickedLocal.com, our news partner
POSTED: 8:05 am EDT April 26, 2012
CONCORD, Mass. — Concord became the first town in the country to ban the sale of single-serving PET bottled water on Wednesday night, our news partner Wicked Local/Concord reported.
After close to two hours of debate, Warrant Article 32, the Drinking Water in Single-Serving PET Bottles Bylaw, narrowly passed by 39 votes during Wednesday’s session of Town Meeting.
The official teller count showed 403 voting in favor, and 364 opposed.
The bottled water bylaw passed at this year’s Town Meeting bans the sale of non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water in single-serving polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of 1 liter (34 ounces) or less in Concord on or after Jan. 1, 2013.
Supporters say it’s the most sweeping water bottle ban passed by any municipality in the nation and will cut down on pollution and limit exposure to toxic chemicals.
Opponents say singling out one form of plastic is ridiculous and the ban will harm local businesses. Opponents also point out that recycled plastic bottles can be used to make dozens of useful items.
Stores could be fined up to $50 for violating the ban.
It provides for an exemption in the case of emergencies, outlines an enforcement process and also allows for a process to suspend the bylaw if necessary.
Like all other bylaws passed at Town Meeting, the bottled water bylaw now goes to the Attorney General’s office for review.
In his report on the article on behalf of the Board of Selectmen, Selectman Jeff Wieand said the board feels the Attorney General’s office will approve the bylaw in its present form.
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