After months of debate, Concord residents voted to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles. The ban went into effect at the beginning of 2013.
The attorney general's office signed off on the bylaw, making the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles 1 liter or less illegal.
The town became the first community in the nation to outlaw the bottles in an effort to improve the environment.
Some were worried that local shops might lose out money to neighboring towns still selling water bottles. Concord resident Michael Benn submitted a citizen’s petition to repeal the ban in October 2013, saying that he was “trying to protect common sense,” but his repeal was resoundingly defeated at a Town Meeting in December.
In Arlington, students are pushing for a water bottle ban, saying it would benefit the environment. However, the town rejected the proposal which was modeled after Concord’s bottle ban. Officials said they voted against it because the ban would force residents to go out of town to buy water.