As of Thursday, Mansfield businesses no longer offer plastic bags after a town ordinance banning them went into effect. The Mansfield Town Council’s “Bring Your Own Bag” ordinance began March 13. Its six-month phase-in process concluded Thursday, when the ban began.
On Feb. 11, the Mansfield Town Council voted 8-1 in favor of a citywide plastic checkout bag ban, which will be enacted in approximately six months. This new development, in tandem with the UConn Dining Services’ recent transition from plastic bags and containers to reusable alternatives, demonstrates students’ ability to inspire positive change and opens up the possibility of meeting even more ambitious milestones (e.g. Connecticut imposing a statewide ban on single-use plastic products). As local and on-campus communities adapt to these transitions, it is critical to both acknowledge their benefits and devise ways in which we can continue protecting our ever-vulnerable environment.