BYOB News

The articles below were published on Seacoastonline.com

  • York welcomes plastic bag ban with a party - Published Mar 12, 2016 in News
  • Friday night was hopping at SoMe Brewing Co., as residents stopped by for a no plastic bag ordinance kick-off party. The town's plastic bag ban, the first in Maine, was approved by voters last November and went into effect Thursday, March 3. The party was held to bring awareness to the town's Bring Your Own Bag York program. The program was a joint effort a joint effort of the group Bring Your Own Bag York and the York Parks and Recreation Department. All of these efforts and more are being undertaken to alert people of the ordinance and, said Victoria Simon, chairwoman of BYOB York, to encourage them to start thinking about procuring some reusable bags.

  • Shoppers sound off on plastic bag ban - Published 03/08/2016 in News
  • The town's new plastic bag ban, the first in Maine, took effect last Thursday, March 3 — eliminating the use of single-use plastic bags. Customers patronizing York stores are now encouraged to bring their own reusable bags with them when they shop in town. As they headed in and out of Hannaford Supermarket Monday, shoppers shared their thoughts on the change.

  • CEO: bag ban leaves little wiggle room - Published 03/01/2016 in News
  • Code Enforcement Officer Amber Harrison has been fielding numerous questions from town businesses about the town's new plastic bag ordinance which goes into effect Thursday. And to them all, she says pretty much the same thing: she will be following the letter and intent of the law in any enforcement effort.

  • Goodbye plastic, hello reusable - Published 02/23/2016 in Editorials
  • On March 3, the town of York will officially say goodbye to plastic bags. The single-use plastic carry out bag ordinance will take effect on that day, prohibiting the distribution of single-use plastic carryout bags from retail establishments. The ordinance was approved by voters in November 2015, making York the first town in the state to implement a plastic bag ban. Under the ordinance, thin plastic bags with handles will no longer be allowed to be used in town. Plastic bags including those used for loose items like fruit, frozen or wet foods like meat, fish and flowers, newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags, and garbage bags will still be permitted.

bag ban supporters at SoMe Brewing Co.
Bring Your Own Bag York members get ready for a kickoff party for the new bag ordinance in York, at SoMe Brewing Company on March 11. From left to right include: State Rep. Lydia Blume, Victoria Simon, State Rep. Patty Hymanson, Dave Rowland, Carole Auger-Richard, and Jeff Goodno. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline.
  • Plastic bag ban takes effect March 3 - Published  02/23/2016 in News
  • Starting next week, customers patronizing York stores are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags with them when they shop in town – because single-use plastic bags will no longer be allowed. The town's plastic bag ban, the first in Maine, was approved by voters last November and goes into effect on Thursday, March 3.

  • Plastic is 'an enemy of life itself' - Published 01/05/2016 in News
  • To the Editor: Kudos to Deborah McDermott for her yeoman-like efforts to summarize the year's political developments in numerous categories of events. One small correction from the saga of the plastic bag ban: I am misquoted as saying that plastic bags are both a "bane" and "the enemy of life itself."

  • Movers & Shakers: Grassroots group successfully works for plastic bag ban - Published 01/05/2016 in News
  • YORK – It took a village to raise awareness about the problems of single-use plastic bags. From a group of committed youth at the middle and high schools, to a core group of volunteers, to town hall staff and business leaders, many people banded together to create a first-in-Maine ban on the bags.

  • Year in Review: York leads the way in plastic bag ban - Published 12/28/2015 in News
  • YORK - Victoria Simon said that for years, she has used only reusable bags for all of her grocery and other purchases. As time went on, she said, she saw more and more people joining her, then Portland passed an ordinance limiting plastic and paper bags, and she and others of like mind decided the time was right to explore a similar law in York.

  • Battle over plastic bag ban continues - Published 11/17/2015 in News

    To the Editor: The battle over the plastic bag ban continues. I admit, it does feel so good to ban plastic bags, but the operative word here is feel. Let's look at the facts. Both California and Massachusetts are slowly but surely...

  • Don't switch to paper, now that plastic is banned - Published 11/17/2015 in News

    Victoria Simon of Bring Your Own Bag York has it right when she says the town’s new ordinance banning single-use plastic bags should be seen not as an opportunity for York residents and businesses to simply switch to paper bags - but to...

  • Thank you for supporting plastic bag ban - Published 11/10/2015 in News

    To the Editor: I want to acknowledge everyone who helped us successfully pass the ban on single-use plastic carryout bags. BYOB York: Chris Hartwell, Carole Auger-Richard, Carol Davis, Andrea Hermann, Ana Knowles, Anastacia Szerejko...

  • Plastic bag ban vote more a 'landslide' - Published 11/10/2015 in News

    To the Editor:  In your post-election story on York's first-in-Maine ban on platsic shopping bags, you refer to the vote margin as "narrow." In fact the margin was 59 percent to 41 percent. That is hardly "narrow." In fact in...

  • York prepares for start of plastic bag ban - Published 11/10/2015in News

    YORK — Now that the first-in-the-state ordinance banning single-use plastic bags has been approved, the town's business leaders, citizens and officials are shifting gears and preparing for the March 1 effective date.Residents last...

  • York prepares for start of plastic bag ban - Published 11/9/2015 in News

    YORK, Maine — Now that the first-in-the-state ordinance banning single-use plastic bags has been approved, the town's business leaders, citizens and officials are shifting gears and preparing for the March 1 effective...

  • York passes Maine's first plastic bag ban - Published 11/3/2015 in News

    YORK, Maine – By a narrow margin, town voters approved a first-in-the-state ban on single use plastic bags, paving the way for retailers large and small to begin implementing the measure early next year.By a wider margin, residents...

  • Clean election reform, local votes top Maine ballot - Published 11/2/2015 in News

    It may be an off-year election, but southern York County voters still have plenty of reasons to head to the polls Tuesday. State ballot measures include a revision to the Clean Elections Act as well as several bond issues. Locally, issues...

  • York: Vote no on article 8 and plastic bags - Published 11/1/2015 in News

    Oct. 20 — To the Editor:Issue the York taxpayers need to seriously address:We are a bedroom community with now, less than half the residents being native. Why after picking a well established town do those from away think...

  • Questioning Question 7? - Published 10/27/2015 in News

    To the Editor: There have been great points raised on both sides of the plastic bag ban that York is voting on Nov. 3. After reading the banter on Facebook and hearing folks chat around town, to me, it boils down to this: A yes vote...

  • Think before you vote - Published 10/27/2015 in News

    To the Editor:Issue the York taxpayers need to seriously address: We are a bedroom community with now, less than half the residents being native. Why after picking a well-established town do those from away think they need to change...

  • Vote yes on Article 7 - Published 10/27/2015 in News

    To the Editor: Article 7 is a welcome addition to the voters’ overwhelming and ongoing support of sustainable efforts in our community and I hope this support continues through the elimination of single-use plastic bags by...

  • About Town - Published 10/27/2015 in News

    Voting takes place Nov. 3YORK - Voting on state and local ballot measures takes place this coming Tuesday, Nov. 3, at York High School. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.There are 16 articles on the town of...

York Area Girl Scout T-Shirt Bag Making Event, Oct. 2015
  • Voters to decide on plastic bag ban - Published 10/20/2015 in News

    Editor's note: This is another in a series of articles detailing measures that will be on the ballot Nov. 3.YORK – York could become the first town in the state of Maine to ban single-use plastic bags, and be among the...

  • Town Clerk: absentee ballot turnout is strong - Published 10/20/2015 in News

    YORK — Residents are taking advantage of the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot before the Nov. 3 referendum on 16 town warrant articles and three state questions.As of Monday morning, the town clerk’s office issued 323...

  • Plastic bag ban is a 'step in the right direction' - Published 10/20/2015 in News

    To the Editor: This past school year, our class researched plastic bags and how they harm our environment. We learned about the cause and effect that plastic bags have on our everyday lives. Especially living in York, a coastal...

  • Support plastic bag ban, Village Master Plan - Published 10/20/2015 in News

    Voters will decide on 16 warrant articles on the Nov. 3 ballot, including proposals to incorporate the York Village Master Plan and a stormwater chapter into the town’s comprehensive plan, and a ban of single-use plastic bags.We...

  • Think critically about impact of plastic bag use - Published 10/13/2015 in News

    To the Editor: As Mainers who pride ourselves on the natural beauty of our state, I believe we have a civic responsibility to take care of our environment. That's why I am excited about and hopeful for the success of a reusable bag...

  • BYOB York goes door to door - Published 10/6/2015 in News

    YORK - Bring Your Own Bag York held a canvas kick-off Sunday, Oct. 4, promoting and raising awareness of Article 7 on the upcoming November ballot, a proposal that would ban single-use plastic bags in retail stores.  Victoria...

  • Support plastic bag ban - Published 10/6/2015 in News

    To the Editor: Congratulations to the York Board of Selectmen for their decision to place a single-use plastic carryout bag ban on the Nov. 3 ballot. Coastal communities in particular, are moving in this direction. Portland and South...

  • Vote to eliminate plastic bag waste in York - Published 10/5/2015 in News

    Oct. 2 — To the Editor:On Election Day, Nov. 3, we in York will vote on whether or not to eliminate thin plastic bags with integral handles from being used to take out food and merchandise from York stores. I firmly support this for...

  • Kudos to York for voting on plastic bag ban - Published 10/2/2015 in News

    Oct. 1 — To the Editor:Congratulations to the York Board of Selectmen for their decision to place a single- use plastic carryout bag ban on the Nov. 3 ballot. Coastal communities in particular, are moving in this direction. Portland...

  • Vote yes on Article 7 - Published 9/29/2015 in News

    To the Editor: On Election Day, Nov. 3, we in York will vote on whether or not to eliminate thin plastic bags with integral handles from being used to take out food and merchandise from York stores. I firmly support this for...

  • Plastic bag ban a step in the right direction - Published 9/22/2015 in News

    To the Editor: I am a York resident and the owner of Hubba Hubba Foods. I have been a vendor at the York Farmers' Market for 11 years. I write as a business owner who currently uses single use plastic bags in my business. As...

  • BYOB York delivers T-shirt bags to food pantry - Published 9/1/2015 in News

    Victoria Simon, of Bring York Own Bag York, delivered reusable T-shirt bags that the group made over the summer to the York Food Pantry last week. The bags will be distributed to pantry patrons when they come in to do their shopping. Simon is...

  • Board votes 5-0 on alternative energy measures - Published 8/25/2015 in News

    YORK — It was a night for alternative energy victories, as the Board of Selectmen Monday unanimously endorsed a proposed plastic bag ban, and also unanimously voted to repair an incorrectly installed wood pellet boiler at the Grant House...

  • Changing production of plastic bags 'makes sense' - Published7/21/2015 in News

    Throughout history, the protection of our society and environment has never been a top priority for business. Yet, in the past few months I’ve read multiple articles describing the horrors of plastic grocery bags and how we...

  • Plastics - you really do need to think about it - Published 7/21/2015 in News

    Mike Nichols’ 1967 movie, The Graduate, did not win the Academy Award for Best Picture but it does contain one of the most memorable scenes in all filmdom. In that famous scene, a minor character named Mr. McGuire (played by...

  • Group holds bag making party to promote plastic bag ban -Published 7/8/2015 in News

    YORK, Maine — To help raise awareness of the negative impact plastic bags have on the environment, Bring York Own Bag York held a T-shirt bag making party Wednesday. Using new or old T-shirts, individuals created sturdy, easy...

  • Plastic bag ban proposal moves forward - Published 6/9/2015 in News

    YORK — A town-wide plastic bag ban came one step closer to reality Monday night, when selectmen voted to hold a public hearing in July in anticipation of putting the measure before voters in the fall.Selectmen had no major issues...

  • York plastic bag ban proposal moves forward - Published 6/8/2015 in News

    YORK, Maine — A town-wide plastic bag ban came one step closer to reality Monday night, when selectmen voted to hold a public hearing in July in anticipation of putting the measure before voters in the...

  • Be wary when business gets concerned with our environment -Published 5/14/2015 in News

    Throughout history the protection of our society and environment has never been a top priority for business. Yet, in the past few months I’ve read multiple articles describing the horrors of plastic grocery bags and how we have to...

  • Plastic bag ban considered in York - Published 4/28/2015 in News

    YORK — It looks like the town may be headed toward an outright ban of all plastic bag use at retail stores.With an eye toward putting a proposal before voters next fall, the Board of Selectmen met recently with business people...

  • Plastic bag ban considered in York - Published 4/23/2015 in News

    YORK, Maine – It looks like the town may be headed toward an outright ban of all plastic bag use at retail stores.With an eye toward putting a proposal before voters next fall, the Board of Selectmen met this week with business...

  • Rykerson's trash tax to be debated - Published 3/31/2015 in News

    A bill putting a five cent charge on disposable plastic bags sponsored by State Rep. Deane Rykerson (D-Kittery) will be the topic of a work session for the Legislature’s Environment and natural Resources Committee on...

  • YMS students turn trash into fashion - Published 3/27/2015 in News

    YORK - York Middle School eighth-graders demonstrated "Responsible Citizenship" through recycling and up-cycling trash into useful objects and fashion wear during the second annual Trashion Show Thursday night.Student Wylie Witham created...

  • Deer Street garage offers leadership opportunity - Published 3/1/2015 in News

    Feb. 27 — To the Editor:Thank you Councilor Brad Lown for introducing the well-drafted, legally sound, single-use, carry-out plastic bag ordinance that residents spent years working on. The proposed 165 Deer Street parking garage...

  • Plastic bag campaign is important - Published 2/26/2015 in News

    Feb. 25 – To the Editor:I enjoyed reading all the coverage of the plastic bag issues in today’s Portsmouth Herald. As you may know, Blue Ocean Society engages several thousand volunteers each year in conducting beach cleanups...

  • Bring your own bag proposal worth more discussion - Published 2/24/2015 in News

    The town of York is joining a nationwide movement, exploring an ordinance that would charge retail customers to use single-use plastic or paper bags.The proposal has been brought forward by the group Bring York Own Bag York and while the...

  • Bring your own bag to shop, says York group - Published2/24/2015 in News

    YORK – York could be among the pioneers in Maine, and even across the nation, in creating an ordinance to charge retail customers to use single-use plastic or paper bags.Portland has passed a similar measure, and Falmouth and...

  • Bring your own bag proposal worth more discussion - Published 2/24/2015 in News

    The town of York is joining a nationwide movement, exploring an ordinance that would charge retail customers to use single-use plastic or paper bags.The proposal has been brought forward by the group Bring York Own Bag York and while the...

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