With growing evidence of the environmental hazards of plastic bags, at least 15 Massachusetts communities have now passed bag bans and many more communities are considering restrictions. What should Wellesley do?

Wellesley residents will come together for a free event on Friday, September 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Unitarian Universalists of Wellesley (309 Washington Street, Parish Hall) to discuss the topic.

The evening will start with a 45-minute version of the award-winning and entertaining film, “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” to give some perspective on the topic. Then Newton Alderman Alison Leary will describe her work on passing the Newton bag ban, which went into effect in July. Discussion will focus on whether a ban is right for Wellesley.

The recent decision by the Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility to stop collecting plastic bags for recycling has brought a new sense of urgency to the issue of banning bags. The Wellesley Natural Resources Commission is also concerned about the environmental effects of the bags on wildlife and wetlands.

The event is open to the public. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided by UU Wellesley, so please click here for the optional pre-registration to assist with food estimates. The Town of Wellesley 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Working Group will also be giving away free reusable bags. The 3R Working Group was formed by the Wellesley Department of Public Works, the Natural Resources Commission, and the Sustainable Energy Committee to explore waste management issues in Wellesley.

Event sponsors include UU Wellesley (Green Sanctuary Ministry Team and Learning Committee), Sustainable Wellesley, and the Town of Wellesley 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Working Group.