Great Barrington Water Bottle Ban Won't Take Effect Until May

Dec 28, 2018

A ban on plastic water bottles originally set to take effect on New Year's Day in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, has been pushed back until the spring.

Last May, voters in the Berkshire County town decided to prohibit the sale of single-use plastic water bottles starting in January.

A resident then gathered signatures to try get the ordinance rescinded. At a second town meeting in August, the ban was upheld.

But anti-bottle activist Wendy Kleinman said because the fate of the new law was up in the air, the start date was delayed until May 2019.

"We felt that we should give a little bit more time -- particularly we're thinking of the merchants -- to be able to make adjustments," she said. 

Kleinman said she and other residents hope to install three water bottle refilling stations in town and have raised about $15,000 so far.

The Massachusetts towns of Concord and Sudbury also prohibit the sale of single-use water bottles.