Plastic Bag Committee, Ad-hoc

Ad-Hoc Plastic Bag Committee

Purpose Statement

Purpose of the Ad-Hoc Plastic Bag Committee is to research and record information that will help provide council with information on options for reducing the use of plastic bags in the community.

The committee should concentrate on the following:

  • Develop substantial research and compile findings in a report for councils review
  • Present options to council that fit our town – not what are best for other towns
  • Identify existing municipal programs
  • Determine if the existing programs are volunteer or via ordinance
  • Determine the success of those programs
  • If some towns had programs and subsequently canceled them, why?
  • Compile an unbiased poll (Survey) of local business owners and residents to determine their willingness to participate in a volunteer program, and if not, why?
  • Develop a list of pros and cons to volunteer programs
  • Develop a list of pros and cons to ordinance based programs

Since the primary purpose of the Ad-Hoc Plastic Bag Committee is to research “all facts” relative to the committee’s charge from council, and report that information back to council in an impartial manner the committee should be mindful of the following items.

  • Work to provide an open and diverse conversation about this issue
  • Resist the temptation of “marketing” or “lobbying” council on a course of action.  Information should be factual and unbiased.
  • Provide recommendations to council that are via committee consensus
  • Refrain from developing ordinances or recommendations on the implementation of policy

Council is interested in your help in researching the issue and providing potential solutions that they may use in creating town policy.  Thank you for your willingness to serve.


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