WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Paper or plastic? It's a question you might not hear for much longer here in Massachusetts.
A growing number of Massachusetts communities have already banned plastic shopping bags, and now some state lawmakers are hoping to enact a single statewide ban.
Environmentalists have been hoping for such a restriction; citing the fact that plastic bags don't easily break down in dumps, and are quick to blow away and become litter.
Still, the bags have their defenders. Indeed, plastic bags are durable, waterproof, and take up less space than sometimes bulky paper bags, which have to retain a specific shape.
22News took the question to shoppers in West Springfield on Tuesday morning. Roger Reidy of Holyoke told 22News that although he's used to plastic, he would be okay with taking home his groceries in something else.
"It would help the environment. And I suppose if it's going to help the environment, we should get rid of them. I'd take whatever they give me," Reidy said.
The ban would exempt smaller retail stores and not include plastic produce and bakery bags used inside grocery stores. While many communities across the country already have plastic bag bans in place, if this law passes, Massachusetts would become the first state to ban them at large retail stores.