BURLINGTON, Vt. – A group of Vermonters marched down Church Street to call on Gov. Phil Scott to sign S.113, a bill that would address single-use plastic pollution.
The legislation was sent to the Governor’s desk on Thursday, and would prohibit foodservice establishments from providing plastic carryout bags and plastic straws.
It would also require the Agency of Natural Resources to study the progress of municipal plastic bag bans.
A large majority of the crowd at Thursday’s march were canvassers with the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Maeve Power, a campaign director for VPIRG, discussed what she’s heard from the community about the legislation.
“Vermonters we’ve talked to believe this step is an absolute no-brainer,” Power said. “We’ve known about the toxicity of plastic for decades and we haven’t done enough, so this is just the tipping point.”
If the legislation becomes law, it wouldn’t go into effect until July 2020.