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Vote on Nov. 3 to reduce plastic bag waste


Approved by the Board of Selectmen 5-0, Article 7, a ban on single-use plastic carryout bags, will be on the ballot November 3. Voting is at York High School between 8 AM and 8 PM.

Ways You Can Help Pass the
York Bag Ordinance

Canvass for Support. You can help by volunteering to canvass likely voters or drive a canvasser as they knock on doors. We will orient you and send you off with literature, addresses and a map. If you are a supporter of the ordinance and like to talk with people, we will be canvassing every Saturday and Sunday this month from 10 am – 5 pm (except, Saturday, Oct. 17) . You don’t have to be a York voter to canvass. If you can give us even a few hours, please do so. The outcome could come down to a small number of votes either way so voter outreach is critical. Email Victoria Simon or call 363-6140 for more information and to sign up.

Letter Writing. Help convince York voters to support the ordinance by writing a letter to the editor. Check our website for ideas and to read the full text of the ordinance. You can email for assistance in writing your letter. Also, if you aren’t sure how to submit your letter, send it to Judith McAllister ( who will submit your letter to the paper for you.

Add Your Name to a List of Supporters of the Ordinance. We would like to put a list of York residents who support the ordinance on our website to encourage others to support the ballot article. If you are willing to do that, please fill in the simple supporter form. Thanking you in advance.

Donate. For any donation of $5 or more, you can receive one of BYOB York’s reusable bags. They are compact, lightweight, and perfect for running into a store for a couple of things. You can also buy raffle tickets at our booth at Marketfest, Oct. 16-17 to win one of two prizes. Your donations support our ongoing educational effort on plastic bags and the campaign to pass the York ordinance.

Vote and Encourage Others to Vote. Absentee ballots will be available October 3. If you know you will be unable to go to the polls on Nov. 3, be sure to vote absentee. Every vote is important.

Tell your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to vote YES on Article 7. Thank You for Your Support.


Final Showing before Vote
Tuesday, Oct. 6 @ 7pm

York Public Library
15 Long Sands Rd
Free Admission
Runtime 65 min

If you would like to arrange a private group showing, we would be happy to see if we can work out something with you. This would make a good classroom event or meeting topic for your group or organization. We have the 65 minute version suitable for Adults and Youth and a 45 minute version for younger children. Please call or email Chris Hartwell at 207-363-8588 or, if you are interested.

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