MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, Mass. (AP) - Manchester-by-the-Sea residents have approved a ban on plastic bags at local stores.
Residents voted at a recent town meeting to accept a petition that plastic bags typically used at checkout lines at grocery and other stores should not be distributed or sold at stores.
The Boston Globe reported that Manchester-by-the-Sea joins Brookline, which banned plastic bags and Styrofoam food and beverage containers at its town meeting in November.
Gary Gilbert, a former Planning Board member, says the bags harm or kill marine life.
Selectman Tom Kehoe, a former science teacher in Marblehead, opposed the measure. He says environmental awareness cannot be legislated and if it is, it should be enacted at the state level to provide uniform rules.