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Letter: Work on plastic bags

I am not sure where the quotes attributed to me in your plastic bag ordinance story of April 18 came from, but they bear little resemblance to my opinions or work to date on the issue. As the Democracy Working Group, the proponents of the plastic bag ordinance, GBA members, local businesses, my fellow Appointments and Ordinance committee members, and any viewer of council meetings on GCTV can tell you, I have worked with parties on both sides of the issue to try to devise a workable plan for phasing out plastic bag use, which would be reflected in draft ordinance language. At no time have I ever said that I do not support an ordinance or that I think public awareness will completely solve the problem.

I am concerned about the detrimental effects of plastic bags on our environment. I also frankly doubt that the rate at which plastic bags are recycled is at all even close to that at which they are consumed.

The ordinance’s petitioners came before the Appointments and Ordinance Committee on April 14 to request that the ordinance be “withdrawn,” as they are investigating other avenues, possibly a townwide vote. The council is looking into the implications of this request, as the ordinance has already been taken up by committee.

I believe that the time will come that plastic bags will be eliminated, whether through a local ordinance, a voter initiative or a statewide ban. In the absence of an ordinance, I have encouraged affected businesses and ordinance proponents to work together on ideas to reduce plastic bag demand and use.

HILLARY HOFFMAN

vice president, councilor, Precinct 6

Greenfield

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