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 Committee.
The plastic bag ban proposal has been under discussion for several months. The Program and Services Committee held a lengthy discussion about the idea on October 3, 2012. Several committee members gave their input as to the effectiveness of plastic bag bans and/or disposable bag fees.
The ordinance seeks to limit and reduce the number of plastic bags being used by commercial entities in the City of Newton. It also seeks to promote the use of reusable checkout bags by retail stores.
If passed, the law would include all commercial enterprises including retail establishments, restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, jewelry stores, etc. The law would also mandate that any checkout bag would be a recyclable paper bag or a reusable bag. If a reusable bag is made of a plastic polymer, it would be required to be a minimum of 3.0 millimeters in thickness.
Enforcement of the law would be by the Commissioner of Health and Human Services. Violation of the law would bring the retailer a penalty of $300 each day a violation occurs.
The City of Newton is a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. Located approximately 10 miles west of Boston, Newton is only fourteen minutes west of Brookline which banned plastic bags in November, 2012. Newton is 16 minutes southwest of Cambridge which is currently considering banning plastic bags.
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