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Freeport Activists Push to Ban Plastic Bags

FREEPORT, Maine - Activists in Freeport, Maine, want the town to become the second in the state to ban disposable plastic grocery bags.

The town is already offering a June 14 ballot question that asks whether residents will support a minimal fee on paper and plastic bags. But some residents feel that measure doesn't go far enough.

The Portland Press Herald reports that there could be competing questions on the ballot if supporters of a ban succeed in a petition effort.

A ban would mean Freeport would follow York as the second town in the state to prohibit disposable bags as a method of reducing litter and waste.

Portland, South Portland and Falmouth impose small fees on the bags to encourage residents to bring reusable bags.