Chestertown, Maryland, USA Plans Plastic Bag Ban

Chestertown, Maryland, USA Plans Plastic Bag Ban

High Street, Chestertown, MD. Copyright © January 2006 Jennifer Schmidt
Chestertown, Maryland Town Council voted March 7th to ban plastic bags.

Located about a two-hour drive from Washington, DC, Chestertown is situated on the Chester River which flows into Chesapeake Bay. Chestertown is the County seat of Kent County. Kent County is surrounded almost entirely by water with the Chesapeake Bay to the west along with it's estuaries and the Chester River to the east.

The Town Council voted to ban single-use plastic bags at its regular meeting. The ordinance has been drawn up and is expected to be ratified at the Council's next meeting on March 21st.

The Ordinance will take effect six months from the effective date to allow merchants to deplete their inventory of plastic bags on hand. The effective date will be April 11, 2011.

Read the text of Ordinance No 01-2011 - Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance

One Response to "Chestertown, Maryland, USA Plans Plastic Bag Ban"

  1. M. HAMPTON   2012/01/31 at 10:29 pm

    I believe we desparately need to encourage people to stop accepting new plastic bags whenever they shop or accept items from a store. I believe this will encourage people to carry their own re-usable bags. This idea seems to have been adopted by many countries outside the U.S. before we have been able to adopt it. It seems that adults are ‘frightened’ by the concept of trying to do things in a different way from how they presently do it. Ask any five year-old you know if they think plastic bags are good for the environment. If you feel that is too young of an age to ask, select an older age child who you believe could comfortably answer this question. Please tell us what they told you. Let’s try to give up this unnecessary habit and find better ways to carry items we need to carry. Thank you.