So why do I support a single-use plastic bag ban or fee? Because both have been proven effective in reducing the use of plastic bags in communities where they have been implemented. There is no doubt that single-use plastic bags are a convenience, but can anyone assert that they are a necessity when there is a viable, inexpensive alternative — reusable bags. Is convenience worth the full cost of using plastic bags? I think not.
I believe that Newburyport has the will; now we just need to find the way.