Businesses Say They Carry a Burden for Plastic Bag Ban – The Vineyard Gazette

March 18, 2016 - garden totes

As business owners ready for another summer, a due single-use bag anathema has drawn churned opinions from those many immediately affected. Selectmen in 5 Island towns have concluded to supplement a offer to their annual city assembly warrants, though final week Oak Bluffs selectmen motionless not to pierce it to a opinion this spring.

While merchants in Oak Bluffs cited financial concerns about a ban, some other businesses around a Island pronounced a magnitude would not have many of an outcome or that they would adjust to a changes and pierce on.

Alex King, owners of Skinny’s Fat Sandwiches in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, pronounced he wasn’t disturbed about creation a switch. The emporium uses cosmetic bags for salads and drinks and a anathema would request usually to bags thinner than four-thousandths of an inch, that cost about dual cents apiece. Thicker bags, that can be reused, would cost about 4 cents, Mr. King said.

“That is not going to harm any business no matter how many they use,” he said.

Andy Krickl, ubiquitous manager of Granite Ace Hardware in Edgartown, that has a vast register of home and garden products, pronounced he would like to lapse to a days before cosmetic bags, though disturbed about a outcome on business and a bottom line.

“In a grocery store industry, it’s easier for them to make a switch since many of their product is of tiny size,” he said. “But in a situation, people come in and they competence buy a pillow. They wish it in a bag.” He also remarkable that aged business mostly conclude bags with handles.

“Any retailer, adult to a point, can catch things, though there is a certain indicate where it has to be upheld on to a customer,” he said. “That only adds to a cost of things, and if we can keep it down, that would be great.”

Across a sound, on Nantucket, a cosmetic bag anathema went into outcome in 1990. Town manager Elizabeth Gibson told a Gazette that a anathema has caused small regard over a final 25 years.

“It’s flattering good determined that we don’t use cosmetic bags,” she said, adding that in her many years in city government, she has never listened a complaint. “I cruise it’s been good for a island.”

Nantucket’s anathema is some-more difficult than a one due for a Vineyard, including all cosmetic and polystrene products granted by vendors.

Annye’s Whole Foods, that non-stop on Nantucket in 1999, pays about $55 per box of vast grocery bags, though also collects bags from a business and reuses them during a store. A unchanging 70-pound grocery bag is good for during slightest 5 or 10 uses, store clerk Mandy Shannon said, adding that she mostly has a over-abundance from a island’s dual Stop Shop locations. About 35 per cent of Annye’s business pierce their possess reusable bags via a year, she said.

“Using a paper bag is excellent for produce,” she added. “It’s what we get used to.”

Ms. Shannon pronounced that a anathema has turn a partial of a island culture, and was even a source of pride. “I can’t pronounce for any other store, though we would never go behind to plastic,” she said.

Cronig’s Markets in Vineyard Haven and West Tisbury have never used cosmetic bags in their 99-year story — a use that owners Steve Bernier pronounced reflects a interests of a business and a customers. The store has also gotten absolved of polystyrene beef trays, and final year stopped carrying balloons, heat sticks, cigarettes, and polystyrene cups and plates in response to patron demand.

“We are perplexing to purify adult a act,” Mr. Bernier said. “We are only perplexing to find a best approach to do it.”

Customers now compensate 5 cents per paper bag in a checkout line, with any bag costing a store about 12 cents. Cronig’s also sells store-branded board receptacle bags.

Carol McManus of Espresso Love in Edgartown pronounced she has prolonged disturbed about a outcome of cosmetic bags on a sourroundings and would be happy to make a switch.

“You can get into a robe of gripping bags in your automobile to reuse,” she said. “It’s not a large deal. For a sourroundings and for a planet, we cruise cosmetic is awful.” She remarkable that in France, where she visits any year, some stores lift no bags during all. “They are approach forward of us,” she said.

Bob Pacheco, owners of Reliable Market in Oak Bluffs, pronounced that a switch to cosmetic “would severely boost a overhead.” The store goes by about half a million cosmetic bags a year, during a cost of around $14,000. Mr. Pacheco pronounced switching to paper would cost $85,500, an boost of 510 per cent.

“It all adds up,” pronounced Mr. Pacheco, observant a cost of labor and other factors in using a business. “This is only one square of a beyond that we try to control as many as we can.”

In serve to carrying some-more businesses than other towns, he pronounced Oak Bluffs is mostly a walking community, so cosmetic bags might be some-more appropriate.

Reached by phone this week, selectman Gail Barmakian pronounced a offer had emerged early in a aver process, and that some issues had nonetheless to be considered.

According to a mins of a Dec. 15 assembly during that a anathema was discussed, a selectmen had voted to support a breeze bylaw, send it to city warn for review, and after cruise it for a city vote.

Vineyard Conservation Society member Samantha Look, who spearheaded a anathema proposal, pronounced a city was already finalizing a essay before to final week’s meeting. A petition with 10 signatures would have been adequate to get a bylaw on a aver regardless of selectmen approval, though a deadline for petitions had already passed. A petition with 200 signatures could now pierce a essay to a special city assembly vote, though Ms. Look doesn’t preference that route.

“They have a trail for how they would like to do this,” she pronounced of a selectmen. “We are not going to force a issue.”

The selectmen designed to form a cabinet for serve study, and Ms. Barmakian pronounced a bylaw could still be nice to accommodate internal concerns. “There are only so many opposite ways we could write it and still try to keep with a vigilant of a bag issue,” she said.

Ms. Barmakian combined that there might be opportunities for concede in Oak Bluffs, such as a collection module so some-more single-use cosmetic bags can be recycled, and increasing education.

On Mar 30, VCS will reason another information event during a Edgartown Library.

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