The Common Council voted to approve a new ordinance that would ban stores from offering single use plastic bags, and require them to charge ten cents to provide paper bags.
Former Mayor Maria Holzberg and the Middletown Garden Club spearheaded the initiative. She told the council that the language of the proposed ordinance "mirrors many other cities in Connecticut and across the nation."
Diane Gervais, owner of Amato's Toy Store, objected to the requirement that she would be forced to charge 10 cents for each paper bag, "A charge like this will leave the customers unhappy with me not with you."
John Hall, speaking for the Jonah Center for Earth and Art, said the charge was the best way to change habits. He called the ordinance the "Bring your own bag ordinance."
The ordinance was supported by all the Democrats except for Grady Faulkner, who abstained. Republicans Deb Kleckowski and Seb Giuliano voted against it, Phil Pessina also abstained.