Provincetown, Cape Cod’s 1st Town To Regulate Bags

Provincetown, Cape Cod’s 1st Town To Regulate Bags

Provincetown, MA, Oct. 27, 2014 (PBBR) – Cape Cod’s first plastic bag regulations were passed today in Provincetown. At Special Town Meeting, Article 8, General Bylaw Amendment/Plastic Bag Reduction was passed and will take effect April 15, 2015. A new section will be added to the town’s bylaws which will be known as Provincetown Single-Use […]

Marblehead, MA Bans Plastic Bags

Marblehead, MA Bans Plastic Bags

Marblehead, Massachusetts, May 8, 2014 (PBBR) – This past Monday night, May 5, 2014, at the annual Town Meeting, Marblehead voters decided to ban the use of plastic shopping bags by retailers in the town. Set to take effect in twelve months, the new law states: A. No retail establishment in the Town of Marblehead […]

Newburyport, MA Hears Proposed Plastic Bag Ban

Newburyport, MA Hears Proposed Plastic Bag Ban

Written by Janine Brunell Looker Newburyport, Massachusetts, (PBBR) – On Monday, March 17, an ordinance to limit the distribution of thin-film, single-use plastic bags in Newburyport was presented to the Newburyport City Council. The ordinance, submitted by City Councilor Barry Connell, cites the significant environmental impact of plastic bags on the marine and land environment […]

Newton, MA Plastic Bag Ordinance Public Hearing

Newton, MA Plastic Bag Ordinance Public Hearing

Newton, Massachusetts, March 5, 2014 (PBBR) – The Board of Aldermen of the City of Newton, Massachusetts has been considering an ordinance that would reduce the use of plastic bags in Newton. A discussion and public hearing on the proposal to ban plastic bags will be held Wed., March 19, by the Programs and Services […]

Cambridge, Mass Considering Plastic Bag Ban

Cambridge, Mass Considering Plastic Bag Ban

Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 10, 2014 (PBBR) – The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts is considering an ordinance to ban the use of single-use plastic checkout bags. The matter has been under consideration for several years. A letter to the City Manager dated July 30, 2007, stated: RE: Council Order #7 dated April 30, 2007:  Investigate banning […]

Ehrlich Pushes Mass. Bill for Biobased Plastic Bags

Ehrlich Pushes Mass. Bill for Biobased Plastic Bags

Boston, MA, Nov. 8, 2013 (PBBR) – In April of this year, Massachusetts State Rep. Lori Ehrlich introduced a bill in the Massachusetts state legislature to regulate carryout bags. If the bill becomes law, plastic bags wouldn’t be banned but they would have to meet criteria established by the law. Bill H. 696 is a […]

Great Barrington Bans Plastic Bags

Great Barrington Bans Plastic Bags

Great Barrington, MA, May 31, 2013 (PBBR) – A historic town in western Massachusetts has elected to not wait on the State Legislature to decide on plastic bag regulation. The town of Great Barrington, at its annual Town Meeting on May 6, 2013, adopted the Plastic Bag Reduction By-law. The purpose of the Plastic Bag […]

Manchester-by-the-Sea Bans Plastic Bags

Manchester-by-the-Sea Bans Plastic Bags

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, April 4, 2013 – Manchester, Massachusetts, a small town 20 miles north of Boston, has passed a by-law banning the distribution of plastic bags by local merchants. Local resident Gary Gilbert presented the plastic bag reduction proposal to the Board of Selectmen at the January 7, 2013 Town Hall meeting. Mr. Gilbert proposed […]

Committee Says Yes to Mass. Plastic Bag Ban Bill

Committee Says Yes to Mass. Plastic Bag Ban Bill

First Legislature to Ban Bags Statewide? | Plastic Bag Ban Report BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 25, 2012 (ENS) – A committee of the Massachusetts Legislature has voted “yes” to a bill that would ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags state-wide. The Joint House and Senate Environment, Natural Resource and Agriculture Committee on June 14 reported […]