MANCHESTER — The use of the plastic shopping bag was formally wrapped up when the town’s ban went into effect at the start of the month, and now, weeks later, some say the difference is as thin as the film the bags are made of.
Meanwhile, the Marblehead Board of Health voted last week to bring a similar ban to Marblehead Town Meeting in May. The board cited waste reduction efforts and impacts on the environment as a reason for proposing the ban.
The management of Crosby’s Marketplace is opposing the bid for a bag ban in Marblehead, as it did when Manchester’s ban went before voters, saying the company has made efforts to reduce the use of both paper and plastic bags.
Such a ban only increases the use of paper bags, which also impact the environment, considering the loss of trees and the amount of water used to produce them, said Bob Vello, general manager of the chain which has stores in both towns. Paper bags are more expensive at 10 cents each, he said. Plastic ones are 3 cents.
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Kudos to James Niedzinski for including the cost difference in the article. Too often people make environmental decisions without taking into economic factors at all. I’m not saying that i favor or not favor the decision by the Selectmen and voters in Manchester, I’m just happy that at least some concrete numbers were thrown into the discussion.
I’d love to know the difference in cost between Styrofoam cups and paper cups because I see way more Styrofoam cups blowing around and trapped under brush for years and years compared to plastic bags. I’ll give my opinion tomorrow.
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Don’t miss the Seaside Garden Club’s opening program on September 10th at the Manchester Community Center. Social time begins at 7:00 and program begins promptly at 7:30. Light refreshments will be served.
Garden Design for Decades by Betty Sanders. Gardens should never be a burden to us. What we want in our 20’s and 30’s is not what the same as we want in later years. You’ll learn how to keep your gardens as your needs and abilities change. It’s a matter of plant selection and design, and can pay dividends for decades.
We are thrilled to have Betty Sanders back to present this program. Betty is a Massachusetts Master Gardener with a degree in organic chemistry and a well-respected garden speaker. Currently serving as vice-president of the Bay State’s 150-member Master Gardener Association, she said she gives lectures that “combine my knowledge of gardening and chemistry” Betty is nationally accredited flower show judge. She has studied gardening everywhere from Arnold Arboretum to the New York Botanical Garden and the New England Wildflower Society.Visit Betty’s website: http://www.bettyongardening.com/
We have a terrific line up of programs for this year! If you haven’t joined yet, membership is only $25 for the year. You can join at the September meeting. Guests are always welcome for $5. This year we have two terrific workshops! Note: Workshops have a supply fee and are limited to members only. Don’t miss Bert Ford’s Home Decor Demonstration – we will be raffling off his creations!
Fall Into the Holidays: A Home Décor Demonstration and Raffle by Bert Ford of Ford’s Flowers. Arrangements will be raffled!
Clean & Green – Cleaning Product Workshop presented by Rita Wollmering of The HERB FARMacy
Yankee Swap hosted by Lisa Willwerth
Bonsai Demonstration with Bob Downey
The Well Decorated Garden by Fred Rice
Mosaics for the Garden Workshop by Sheila Jones Schrank
Auction and Plant Sale
Ravenswood Park Guided Walk with Ramona Latham followed by Pot Luck Dinner
Debbie DiGiovanni, Sarah Dean and Gayle Masiero
The Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners. We welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share. We invite you to become a member of our club and enjoy our monthly programs which feature interesting guest speakers and creative workshops.
The Seaside Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of every month (September through June) at 7:00 pm at the Community Center, Manchester-by-the-Sea.