- Plastic bag and straw stirrer bylaw - PASSED March 2019
The most comprehensive single-use plastics ban in the USA banning 15+ single-use plastics - PROPOSED November 2019
Partners: Denise Donnelly, Leslie Whalen, & The Rockport Green Team
- Plastic bag and polystyrene - PASSED January 2019
Plastic stirrer, hotstopper & stirrer ordinance - PROPOSED 2020
Partners: Ken Hecht, Clean City Commission, Melissa Cox
- Polystyrene, straw, hotstopper & stirrer ordinance - PROPOSED 2019
Partners: Brookwood School, Ben Wildrick
Our targets include plastic bags, polystyrene (Styrofoam) food-ware, plastic cutlery, plastic straws and stirrers, balloons, and single-use plastic water bottles. Considering the availability of compostable and reusable alternatives, as well as the economic benefits, we are hopeful that Rockport will be motivated to take these important steps to maintain the beauty and health of our local environment.
With strong pushes from Seaside Sustainability and Gloucester’s Clean City Commission, as well as leadership of City Councilors Melissa Cox and Sean Nolan, Gloucester recently passed a ban on all single-use plastic bags and polystyrene (Styrofoam) containers, which will go into effect as of January 2019. This initiative, developed and managed by intern John Dello Russo, is imperative in maintaining the beauty and health of our city’s land and seascapes.
We know such transition posts its own challenges, and will work our hardest to introduce biodegradable and reusable alternatives, as well as the potential benefits of the proposed ordinance, through our partnership as we accomplish this goal collaboratively as Gloucester citizens. We even made a facebook page just for this purpose -- click the bottom below to learn more!