Should towns be allowed to regulate plastic bags?

Jan 16, 2017

BY: Citizens Count

Rep. Christy Bartlett is sponsoring a 2017 bill that would allow towns to either prohibit the distribution of plastic shopping bags or require retailers to collect a charge for plastic shopping bags.

Right now towns are not allowed to regulate disposable plastic shopping bags.

Supporters of Bartlett’s bill argue that towns should have the right to choose how to regulate waste like disposable shopping bags.  Opponents of plastic bags generally argue that bags are difficult to recycle and can harm marine wildlife.

Opponents of Bartlett's bill argue that it would burden businesses to have plastic bag regulations in some towns, with no statewide regulations.  Other opponents argue that most plastic bags are useful for garbage and picking up dog waste.

Do you think towns should be allowed to regulate disposable plastic shopping bags?  Join the discussion on Facebook, and we’ll present your opinions as testimony at the legislative public hearing on this bill. Only comments from NH residents will be counted, so please indicate if you are from NH in your response.

UPDATE: Read our Citizen Voices℠ report and find out where New Hampshire stands allowing towns to regulate plastic bags. 


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Representative, NH House of Representatives (2012 - present); Former Commercial Property & Casualty Insurance Underwriter; Former President, NH Chapter Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters (CPCU)

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