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News Brief: Great Barrington temporarily suspends single-use plastic bag ban

By Thursday, Mar 26, 2020 News

Great Barrington (March 26, 2020) — In compliance with Gov. Charlie Baker’s March 25 order banning the use of re-usable shopping bags and lifting local bans on plastic bags throughout the state, the town will suspend enforcement of its 2013 plastic bag reduction bylaw until further notice.

The order issued by the Baker administration yesterday is another move to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the state. The order also prohibits stores from charging for paper or plastic bags while the order is in place.

For questions, please contact the office of the selectboard/town manager at 413-528-1619 x2.

Reusable cloth grocery bags, which many shoppers use in place of plastic bags, often come into with poultry, meats and produce that have bacteria on them. If not washed regularly, the bags can become contaminated with coliform bacteria and E. coli, an indicator of fecal contamination.

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