Four Plastic Bag Bills in Mass. Legislature

Four Plastic Bag Bills in Mass. Legislature

Boston, MASS. April 19, 2012 (PBBR) - In the 188th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:

Bill H.696 - State Representative Lori Ehrlich has again introduced her 'Plastic Bag Reduction Act' which failed passage last year. The bill states:

(a.) No retail establishment shall provide carryout bags to customers that are manufactured with a film of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (other than woven and non-woven polypropylene fabric) if said film is less than 3.0 mils (.0762mm) in thickness.

The bill further defines the type of carry out bag that retailers must provide:
(b) If a retail establishment provides carryout bags to customers, the bags must be one of the following:
(i) recyclable paper bag,
(ii) reusable carryout bag,
(iii) made from a polymer which meets the specifications of ASTM D6400, or
(iv) made from a combination of a recycled paper bag and a polymer which meet the standards of ASTM D6400,

Currently, the bill is scheduled for a hearing by Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture on Monday, April 22nd. This Committee voted "yes" for  Ms. Ehrlich's bill last year.


Bill H.787: Along with companion bill, S.359, prohibits the distribution of plastic carry out bags by retailers. If retailers choose to provide carry out bags, they must be recyclable paper carry out bags. Referred to Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.

Bill S.1350:  Sponsored by Brian A. Joyce. Legislation to impose an excise on the use of plastic carryout bags in certain stores. The excise would begin in 2014 at two cents for each plastic bag, then increase each year to a final fifteen cents by 2019. Every store that grossed over $1 million in sales the previous year would pay the excise to the commissioner. Referred to Joint Committee on Revenue.

Bill S.369: Sponsored by Joyce, this legislation would prohibit polystyrene packaging by 2017. Referred to Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.

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