What Would You Ban in E.P.?

A bag on plastic grocery and takeout bags began Jan. 1 in nearby Barrington. What would you ban in East Providence? Bags? Bottles? Styrofoam cups?

A ban on plastic grocery and takeout bags began on Jan. 1 in nearby Barrington. It grew out of a Roger Williams University professor's concern about the impact of the bags on the environment.

Other municipalities in New England have banned bottles (Concord, Mass.), plastic bags and Styrofoam cups (Brookline, Mass.) and seasonal leaf blowers (Arlington, Mass.).

Most schools ban peanut butter or peanut-based foods and most have switched over to healthy snacks and drinks in vending machines.

The bans all started somewhere with someone. Maybe with you?

Is there an item you would want to see banned out of concern for the environment, health or quality of life? Let us know in the comments section below.

Sally baker January 07, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Taxpayer January 08, 2013 at 01:38 AM
EP police using police vehicles to drop children off at school? Mind taken mine to school also? It'll save me a few dollars on gas! Is this policy???
Rob Ronzio January 08, 2013 at 05:28 AM
I would ban intelligent people. That way I would feel much better about myself.
EP Parent of 4 January 08, 2013 at 02:29 PM
I would ban the free Providence Journal that we get delivered once a week!
Elizabeth January 08, 2013 at 06:43 PM
I would ban plastic bags. They are produced using petroleum, which we fight wars over & need for heating, etc. They end up in trees, on streets and are unhealthy to use to store food. If they end up in the Bay or the ocean, they can kill sea gulls, turtles, fish & mammals, as they are often mistaken for food. I strongly urge the city to ban plastic bags, then Styrofoam, as it interacts with anything acidic (do you have lemon with your tea??) and is a contributing factor in testicular cancer.
Elizabeth January 08, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Really? I urge you to look into the severe environmental consequences of plastic bags, Styrofoam and leaf blowers.
Elizabeth January 08, 2013 at 06:45 PM
I agree. It's a waste of paper and energy.
Former Townie January 09, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Unfortunately, you can not ban stupid public officials !


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