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 Reduction By-law is to eliminate the usage of thin-film single-use plastic bags by all retail businesses within the Town of Great Barrington.

Effective date of the By-law is set for July 1st, 2013 but must receive approval from the State Attorney General before it can be included in the Town Code.

Section 3 of the By-law states:
Thin-film single-use plastic bags shall not be distributed, used, or sold for checkout or other purposes by any retail establishment within the Town of Great Barrington.

These bags are defined as: "a bag, typically with handles, with a thickness of 2.5 mils or less, intended for single-use transport of purchased products." Exemptions are "thin-film plastic bags used to contain dry cleaning, newspapers, produce, meat, bulk foods, wet items, and other similar merchandise".

Great Barrington became the fourth town in Massachusetts to ban plastic bags. Manchester-by-the-Sea banned plastic bags last month. The Boston suburb of Brookline become the second town in Massachusetts to ban plastic bags in November, 2012. Nantuckett was the very first town in Massachusetts to ban plastic bags way back in 1990.

Currently, there are four plastic bag bills being considered in the Massachusetts State Legislature.

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