The town of Barrington Rhode Island, located not far from the border of southeastern Massachusetts has decided to ban stores and restaurants from using plastic bags. 

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The law takes effect on January 1st of next year.    Sponsors of the law said that nothing used for 5 minutes should be allowed to pollute the waterways for future generations.   You do see plastic bags all over the place.

It seems that I am always picking some up from my own front lawn.  In Barrington, stores will still use plastic produce, bakery and deli counter bags, and can charge customers a five cent fee for recyclable paper bags. Is this the right move?