Concord's ban on bottled water just went into effect. Brookline recently banned plastic bags and Styrofoam cups. Arlington took a stand against leaf blowers.
Bay State towns have gone on a bit of a banning spree lately. Concord’s so-called bottle ban became a bylaw on Jan. 1, Brookline recently banned plastic bags and Styrofoam cups and Arlington’s Town Meeting this fall upheld a seasonal leaf blower ban. Meanwhile, home-cooked foods have been forced out of many schools, an ostensible attempt to protect against allergies and childhood obesity. Is there an activity or item you would want to see banned out of environmental, health or quality-of-life concerns? Or would you ban bans? Let us know in the comments section below.
The town of Marblehead will discuss the issue at Town Meeting and other communities are also exploring the idea.
Town Meeting in Marblehead plans to debate whether to ban leaf blowers this year. The debate has been heated at time and the discussion has spread across Massachusetts. On one side are those who say leaf blowers are a health risk, which are too noisy and damage a community's quality of life. The other side says banning leaf blowers goes too far and will cripple landscaping businesses. Neighboring Swampscott is also eyeing a similar ban that may go before Town Meeting next year. This issue has caused much debate throughout Greater Boston. So, we want to know: What do you think? Would you support the ban of leaf blowers? Take our poll and let us know.