The Eastham Selectboard voted 5 to 0 in favor of the adoption of the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban as Selectboard policy at their September 9, 2019 meeting. The vote, effective immediately, means that the town as a matter of operating policy will no longer purchase single-use plastic bottled beverages and will not allow the sale of beverages in single-use plastic containers on town property. "This vote is consistent with our interest in promoting environmental stewardship and establishing a leadership responsibility at the local level for environmental action. We are in agreement with Sustainable Practices that the time for action is now. The evidence of the adverse impact of single-use convenience plastic is all around us," noted Selectboard Chairperson, Aimee Eckman.
Following the presentation of the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban by Madhavi Venkatesan, executive director of Sustainable Practices, the Selectboard discussion focused on improving municipal access to public water. "The Selectboard is committed to facilitating the installation of municipal water stations," remarked Jamie Rivers, member of the Selectboard. "Municipal water is tested routinely and is a cheaper source of drinking water compared with single-use plastic both financially and resource-wise," she continued.
Sustainable Practices is a grassroots organization focused on promoting environmental stewardship for the benefit of the Cape's residents and visitors. Gary Senecal, an Eastham resident and the organization's representative in the community noted, "We are located across the Cape and the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban is our first step toward increasing awareness of the impact of consumption choices and the responsibility inherent in our decision-making." "Promoting a consistent single action towards convenience plastic across the Cape is important. We cannot effectively change our relationship with and responsibility to the environment in town-based fragments. We are thankful for the support and leadership of the Eastham Selectboard and we look forward to the established by-law, stated Madhavi Venkatesan.
The Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban policy will be forwarded as an article in the next Eastham Town Meeting where citizens will have an opportunity to vote for the Ban as a Town by-law.
About Sustainable Practices
Sustainable Practices is a Barnstable County focused environmental action group. We work across all 15 towns in Barnstable County to facilitate a network to support environmental quality for our residents, visitors and fundamentally, the ecosystem on which we are dependent and of which we are all a part. The overarching mission of Sustainable Practices is to facilitate a culture of sustainability as defined by reducing the human-made impact to the planet and its ecosystems.