Rhode Island

No More Single-Use Bag Abuse in Narragansett!

Active | May 24 2017

Plastic Pollution

The Surfrider Foundation Rhode Island Chapter is working closely with our Northeast Regional Manager to support an effort in Narragansett to ban single-use plastic bags and add a fee on reusable & paper bags.

Plastic pollution is overwhelming. It threatens water quality, human health, beaches and wildlife. It damages recycling equipment and places workers at risk. Thousands of volunteers across the state invest their time and energy in cleaning up single-use plastics, and we need to act now to mitigate this needless pollution!

Fortunately, the Narragansett Conservation Commission is leading an effort to ban single-use plastic bags, and is considering sending to the Council an ordinance that Surfrider drafted that would afford a course correction for municipal bag ordinances currently being passed in RI without addressing key provisions for incentivizing reusable bags and preventing thicker plastic bags from being used in a single-use fashion and paper bags from simply replacing plastic.

Narragansett residents are encouraged to sign + share our petition to the council

Stay tuned here for more ways to engage or email us to get involved to help change the tides to start passing effective bag ordinances in RI, to then champion a good bill at the state level: ri@surfrider.org.


Plastic Pollution

Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

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