The City of Newport will begin to enforce the ban on single-use plastic bags TODAY. The Newport Re·Uses campaign combines an ordinance with an educational program to remove single-use plastic bags from our businesses, streets, beaches and homes.The City of Newport recognizes that single-use plastic bags greatly impact our community by creating litter on our roadways, polluting the harbor and endangering wildlife. Used for an average of only 12 minutes, plastics remain in the environment forever. Since 2013, Clean Ocean Access has removed 11,766 single-use plastic bags from our shoreline. In Rhode Island, the potential for plastics to contaminate and degrade the fishing industry could affect a $40 million industry. It is time that we make a change.
To find out more about the initiative go to www.newportreuses.com. To get your Newport Re•Uses bag stop by the front desk at City Hall during regular business hours!