Haverhill Plastic Bag Use Up for Discussion at Citizen Outreach Meeting

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Groceries in a paper bag. The City Council's Community Advisory Subcommittee will study whether Haverhill should ban single-use plastic shopping bags.

Recycling and reusing will be topics of discussion at a Haverhill City Council/Citizen Outreach meeting on Monday.

Committee chairwoman Melinda E. Barrett and Councilor Michael S. McGonagle intend to continue their discussion from January 3’s Council meeting about the use of Styrofoam and single-use plastic bags.

McGonagle, for one, would like to see plastic bags banned in Haverhill.

“You know what they are. They’re the ones that are hanging in the trees around all our yards,” McGonagle said earlier this month.

According to the Sierra Club, 30 percent of Massachusetts cities and towns have banned plastic bags, including Boston and Newburyport.

Held at 7 p.m. in City Hall’s room 204, the public meeting will also feature Councilor Colin F. LePage’s thoughts on recycling and automated trash collection.