The group of concerned Marshfield residents aiming to ban plastic bags in town, led by Jeanne Ryer, Carol Robinson and Gail Salvetti, continue to seek input from town boards, meeting with the Board of Public Works Monday night.

Robinson said the most pressing issues with the potential ban for the Board of Public Works were plastic bags getting caught in storm drains, littered in public places, beaches and waterways and contributing to the overall volume of solid waste in town.

“The intent is to reduce the deterioration of the environment and the potential health risks by eliminating the use of thin plastic carry out bags at the point of sale,” said Robinson.

After meeting with the Board of Health last month, the group amended its bylaw to include all retail establishments, not just those over a certain size, at that board’s suggestion.

The thin plastic bags targeted by the ban are not compostable or biodegradable and are not accepted by Marshfield’s recycling program. Paper bags that are at least 40 percent recycled content would be acceptable under the bylaw.

Board of Public Works member John Cusick suggested there might be business implications, with shoppers opting to go a little further to the Stop & Shop in Pembroke rather than the Roche Bros., also on Route 139, because the former store would provide plastic bags.

Ryer said that while that is a valid concern, studies have shown that customer store choice has not been broadly affected.

Resident Pam Keith expressed her lack of support for the ban, saying that she researched the topic after shopping at large stores in Plymouth like Walmart, where a ban is in effect, and seeing the high number of paper bags being used instead.

“It’s a very complex issue,” she said. “We’ve heard it for years that plastic bags are bad, so the minute you hear someone wants to ban them, you think you have to get on board with that. When you read, even green sites will agree that paper bags are worse for the environment.”

BPW Chairman John Vallier said public hearings on the issue should be held in the future to hear all sides.

The group is waiting to have a meeting scheduled with selectmen and aims to have their bylaw proposal before voters on the spring Town Meeting warrant.

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