After Falmouth’s ban on the sale of single-use plastic bottles on town property, Christine Kircun of Sidewinder Road, East Falmouth, is calling for the ban on the commercial sale of single-use plastic water bottles anywhere in town.
Ms. Kircun collected 19 signatures from Falmouth residents on a petition article that would update the Code of the Town of Falmouth to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles. The article, which has an effective date of September 1, 2021, states “it shall be unlawful to sell non-carbonated, unflavored drinking water in single-use plastic bottles of less than one gallon in the Town of Falmouth.”
The article exempts the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in the event of a declaration of an emergency that affects the availability or quality of drinking water available to Falmouth residents.
The article states that all businesses will be inspected routinely until the town manager decides inspections are no longer required. Companies that violate the bylaw would be subject to fines. The bylaw calls for a written warning for the first offense, a $150 fine for the second violation, a $300 fine for the third violation, and so on and so on.
“Each day a violation continues constitutes a separate violation, incurring additional fines,” the article states. “Any such fines collected shall be payable to the Town of Falmouth.”
As of January 16, the proposed ban on the sale of single-use plastic water bottles is one of four petition articles turned in to the town manager’s office. The other three come from Michael DiGiano, executive director of the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, who is seeking to allow ground-mounted solar panels as a by-right use at 64 Technology Park Drive.
Petition articles for the April 13 Annual Town Meeting were due Friday, January 17.
The Falmouth Board of Selectmen will vote on articles and execute the warrant at its meeting on Monday, January 27.