Bottle ban will face challenge at special town meeting

By Christopher McDermott

GREAT BARRINGTON — Voters will have the choice to uphold or undo a coming ban on selling single-use plastic water bottles at a special town meeting scheduled for Monday Aug. 6, at 6 p.m., at Monument Mountain Regional High School.

A citizen petition calling for this second vote received 337 confirmed signatures, and then its originator, resident Laura Keefner, presented it to town leadership.

Keefner said she wants to overturn the bottle ban passed (by a decisive margin) at the annual town meeting in May. If Keefner’s effort fails, retailers will be forbidden from selling single-use plastic bottles of up to 1 liter (32 ounces) of non-flavored, non-sparkling water within Great Barrington effective May 2019. Violators would face daily fines of up to $200 for third and subsequent offenses.

Supporters have said this ban is the third of its kind in the nation, and its success or failure could have ripple effects in future efforts across the country.

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