Taking initiative to clean the oceans

Essex Single Use Plastic Ban

Multiple members of the Seaside community, as well as collaborators representing the town of Essex, presented a proposal to town representatives banning the use of single use plastic bags, stirrers, hotstoppers, straws, and polystyrene (styrofoam).


  • Bylaw passed in official town meeting August 2019

  • Bylaw goes into effect January 1, 2021


  • Alan McCoy (Seaside board member and Essex resident)

  • Aimee Voerman (Seaside intern and leader of the bylaw proposal)

  • Brendhan Zurbreki (Town Administrator)

  • Peter Phippen (Town of Essex Selectman)

  • Seaside Sustainability