“We are only responsible for content that is directly related to trash and recycling,” said Mello’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations Kelly Mello Woodsum, who added that her company has no opinion on the subject.
The Citizens for Sustainable Bagging has arranged to extensively air the documentary, “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” on PortMedia’s Channel 8 throughout the summer. The group has reached out to local schools as well, eliciting volunteer support from the Newburyport High School Environmental Club as well as the Gulf of Maine Institute (GOMI).
“It’s one of those issues,” said Ettenborough who added the bags can cause havoc at the recycling center when included in people’s recycling bins.”I’ve heard from other towns, just in the last few weeks that they are looking into their own (usage). But I can’t say that the city is behind it because it is something that the City Council would need to vote on. The surveys are there to collect information so that they can use that information to bring to the City Council.”