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Concord to revisit ban on water bottles

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For the fifth time in four years, Concord residents will vote on the sale of plastic water bottles in town.

Resident Michael Benn has submitted a citizen’s petition for the Dec. 4 special Town Meeting seeking to repeal the controversial bylaw that bans the sale of single-serving PET water bottles in Concord. Benn needed 100 signatures to get the article on the warrant; Town Clerk Anita Tekle certified 149.

Residents approved the bylaw at Town Meeting in April 2012. It was approved by the attorney general’s office later that year and went into effect on Jan. 1, 2013. Since then, restaurants, stores and other establishments have not been allowed to sell single-serving plastic bottles of water.

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