Massachusetts Bag Legislations

Statewide Legislation

Status Pending
Notes HB 743, HB 745, HB 3765, HB 3945, HB 462, SB 2410, SB 2422
Updated March 06, 2020

Abington

Status Approved
Status Date January 03, 2020
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • 4.0 mil
Paper Summary
Details:
  • A "Recyclable Paper Bag" shall be a bag that (1) is 100% recyclable and (2) contains at least 40% post consumer recycled paper content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition The term "Reusable Checkout Bag" shall mean a bag: Made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, other washable material; or of a nontoxic plastic as defined by applicable state and federal regulations that is no less than 4.0 mils thick and has the word "Reusable" or "Reuse" printed on the outside of the bag in a visible manner; and Is specifically designed for multiple reuse and has handles.
Stores Affected
The term "Retail Establishment" shall mean any business within the Town of Abington that sells goods, articles, food or personal services directly to the consumer whether for profit or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, convenience and grocery stores and seasonal and ...view more businesses. view less
Fees $0.25 per bag
Comply Date January 15, 2021
Ordinance Chapter 127
Notes https://www.ecode360.com/34798231#34798231
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Updated February 01, 2021

Acton

Status Approved
Status Date April 02, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Means a paper bag that is (1) 100 percent recyclable including the handles; (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and (3) displays this information re recyclability and content on the bag surface
Reusable Definition Means a sewn bag with stitched handles (1) made of cloth or natural fibers that is machine-washable and designed for multiple use or (2) made of plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride; (3) is durable, non-toxic and generally considered a foodgrade material that is more than 4 mils thick
Stores Affected Means any business facility (whether for-profit or not-for-profit) that sells goods directly to the consumer, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, and seasonal or temporary businesses.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance Article 32
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Updated October 02, 2019

Adams

Status Approved
Status Date June 20, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.55mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition REUSABLE BAG - A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple uses and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Comply Date March 30, 2017
Ordinance Artilce 25 Chapter 102
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Updated October 02, 2019

Amesburg

Status Approved
Status Date March 14, 2019
Comply Date September 15, 2019
Ordinance 2019-04
Updated October 02, 2019

Amesbury

Status Approved
Status Date March 14, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Not defined. This law is to eliminate Thick thin bags
Stores Affected
"Retail establishment" is defined as any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, or vendor that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials directly to the customer including but not limited to convenience and grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, stores that sell wine, beer or spirits, seasonal and temporary businesses, gift and clothing ...view more and shops, gas stations, and household goods stores. view less
Comply Date October 01, 2019
Ordinance 2019-04
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Updated December 10, 2019

Amherst

Status Approved
Status Date May 31, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 30% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a bag that: 1) is 100% recyclable overall 2) contains a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content and 3) displays the words Recyclable or Please Recycle on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Thin-film single-use plastic bags shall not be distributed, used, or sold for checkout or other purposes at any retail, retail food, or service retail establishments within the Town of Amherst.
Comply Date January 01, 2017
Ordinance Article 36
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Updated October 02, 2019

Andover

Status Pending
Status Date May 01, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag shall mean a paper bag with or without handles that contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag 1) the word recyclable or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and 2) a label identifying the bags as being made from post-consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse that (i) can carry twenty five (25) pounds; (ii) is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected one hundred and twenty five (125) times; (iii) is made of either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other natural fiber material; and (iv) has a thickness of greater than four (4.0) millimeters.
Stores Affected
Food Establishment means an operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends, or otherwise provides food for human consumption, as further defined in 105 CMR 590.002. Any establishment requiring a permit to operate in accordance with the State Food Code, 105 CMR 590.000, et. seq., shall be considered a Food Establishment ...view more purposes of this ordinance. view less
Comply Date January 02, 2019
Ordinance Article 55
Updated October 02, 2019

Aquinna

Status Approved
Status Date June 01, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content) and visibly displays both the word recyclable and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of polyester, polypropylene, washable fabric, or other durable material and, in the case of plastic bags, is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected Store means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise.
Comply Date January 01, 2017
Updated October 02, 2019

Arlington

Status Approved
Status Date April 26, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag: A paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40 percent post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words Recyclable and made from [at least] 40% post-consumer recyclable content in a visible manner on the outside of the bag
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag: A sewn bag with stitched handles that is: specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; manufactured from polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material excluding polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride; and which also meets the following requirements: (1) Can carry at least 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) Is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected at least 125 times; and (3) Is at least 4 millimeters thick.
Stores Affected Any commercial enterprise, whether for or not-for-profit, including, but not limited to the following: restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, household goods stores and any other business that offers the sale and display of merchandise.
Comply Date March 01, 2018
Ordinance Article 9
Updated October 02, 2019

Ashland

Status Approved
Status Date July 11, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Paper bags with or without handles provided at the point of sak customer of an Establishment for use to transport or carry away purchases, such as merchan goods or food, etc. and that ( 1) are one hundred percent ( 100%) recyclable, and ( 2) coni; minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled paper content.
Reusable Definition REUSABLE [ CHECKOUT] BAG: A bag, with stitched handles, that is 4.0 mils or thick( specifically designed for multiple uses and is made of cloth, fabric, or other durable, wash materials.
Stores Affected ESTABLISHMENT - Any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the pL including public eating establishments and take-out restaurants.
Comply Date July 01, 2018
Ordinance Bill Article 15/Div 2 Part II Chapter 183
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Updated October 03, 2019

Athol

Status Approved
Status Date June 12, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag: A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected
Grocery store: A retail establishment where more than fifty percent of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparation and consumption, which typically also offers home care and personal care products. Retail store: An establishment that offers the sale and display of merchandise ...view more a building. view less
Comply Date January 01, 2018
Ordinance Chapter XV
Notes 6/19/2017 they submitted to the MA Attorney General for approval. The clerks office should have approval in September 2017.
Updated October 02, 2019

Attleboro

Status Approved
Status Date January 09, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper bag shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% postconsumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word recyclable or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable check-out bag shall mean any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple, long-term reuse, made of: a. Cloth or other machine- or hand-washable fabric; or b. Other durable material, including plastic that is at least 4.0 mils thick.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
Comply Date October 01, 2019
Ordinance 11-Jul
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Updated October 02, 2019

Auburn

Status Approved
Status Date October 15, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Details:
  • "Recycled paper bag", a paper bag that (i) is 100 per cent recyclable, (ii) contains a minimum of 40 per cent post-consumer recycled materials, provided, however, that an 8 pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20 per cent post-consumer recycled material, and (iii) displays on the outside of the bag, the words "100% Recyclable" and "40% post-consumer recycled content", or such other per cent of post-consumer recycled material content as required under clause (ii), or other standard established by department regulation.
Reusable Definition "Reusable carryout bag", a bag with handles made of washable, cloth, hemp, or other fibers, fabrics or materials, or combination thereof, that is designed and manufactured specifically for multiple uses, which meets the standards established by department regulation.
Stores Affected
"Retail establishment", any store or premises, in which a person is engaged in the retail business of selling or providing merchandise, goods, groceries, prepared take-out food and beverages for consumption off-premises, or the servicing of an item, directly to customers at such store or premises, including but not limited to, ...view more stores, department stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, restaurants, coffee shops, and seasonal and temporary businesses, such as farmers markets and public markets, provided the use of a food truck or other motor vehicle, mobile canteen, trailer, market pushcart, moveable roadside stand, used by a person from which to engage in such business directly with customers, shall be considered a "retail establishment" for the purpose of this definition. A non-profit organization, charity or religious institution that has a retail establishment and holds itself out to the public as engaging in retail activities that are characteristic of similar type retail businesses, whether or not for profit, shall when engaging in such activity, be considered a "retail establishment". view less
Comply Date March 01, 2020
Ordinance Article 16 to add 12.18 Chapter XII to the general bylaw
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Updated March 27, 2020

Bar Harbor

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Barnstable

Status Approved
Status Date September 15, 2015
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition A bag specifically designed and manufactured for long-term multiple reuses made of cloth, fabric or other durable, washable materials.
Stores Affected Any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including public eating establishments and take-out restaurants.
Comply Date September 03, 2016
Ordinance 2016-010/ Chapter 195
Updated October 02, 2019

Becket

Status Approved
Status Date May 11, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag: A bag, with stitched-on handles, capable of at least 175 uses; which can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet, and is made of plastic (greater than 4 Mil thick), cloth, fabric or other machine-washable materials.
Stores Affected
Grocery store: A retail establishment where more than fifty percent of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparation or consumption, which typically also offers home care and personal care products. iv. Retail store: An establishment that offers the sale and display of ...view more within a building. view less
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance Article 23- Article 17 Section 24
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Updated October 02, 2019

Bedford

Status Approved
Status Date March 25, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Business establishment means the following business uses as defined in Section 4.5 of the Bedford Zoning Bylaw: a retail store; supermarket and general department store; restaurant; and take out retail.
Comply Date October 01, 2017
Ordinance Article 59
Updated October 02, 2019

Belmont

Status Approved
Status Date April 30, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% postconsumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word recyclable or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
Reusable Definition A sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected more than 125 times; (3) is either (a) made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen) or (b) made of durable, non-toxic plastic (other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride) that is generally considered a food-grade material and that is more than 4.0 mils thick.
Stores Affected
RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT- Any business facility that sells good directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary business jewelry stores, household goods stores, professional offices, food banks, farmers markets and any ...view more enterprise that offers the sale and display of merchandise view less
Comply Date November 01, 2018
Ordinance Article 7
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Updated October 02, 2019

Berlin

Status Approved
Status Date May 01, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag: A bag, with handles, made of, cloth, fabric or other durable machine-washable fabric materials, other than Polyethylene or Polyvinyl chloride that is specifically designed for multiple uses. It shall also be specifically designed and manufactured for a minimum of 175 uses and can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment: Any commercial enterprise, that sells goods and/or services to the public including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, bars, restaurants, markets, liquor stores, retail stores, and convenience stores., jewelry stores, and household goods stores; however, this does not include bazaars operated by nonprofit organizations or religious institutions. ...view more view less
Comply Date January 20, 2020
Ordinance Article 39
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Updated January 02, 2020

Beverly

Status Approved
Status Date June 20, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.10mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A paper bag that is one-hundred-percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words Recyclable and made from 40% post-consumer recyclable content in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition A bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is greater than 4.0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected
Any business or commercial enterprise or facility, whether for profit or not, that sells goods and/or services directly to the customer, including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, convenience stores, restaurants, retail stores, pop-up retail stores, and vendors selling clothing, food, and personal items, and dry-cleaning services. ...view more view less
Comply Date January 01, 2019
Ordinance #244 Article VI
Updated October 02, 2019

Billerica

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Boston

Status Approved
Status Date November 29, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag that is (1) 100 percent recyclable; (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and (3) displays the words Recyclable and made from 40% post-consumer recycled content (or other applicable amount) in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 3.0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, or vendor that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials directly to a customer, whether for or not for profit, including but not limited to restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household ...view more stores; however the term Retail Establishment does not include bazaars or festivals operated by nonprofit organizations or religious institutions. view less
Fees $0.05 per reususable bag
Comply Date December 01, 2018
Ordinance Document 132, Chapter 17-19
Notes The Boston Council unanimously approved a redrafted version of their bag ordinance. The new version permits distribution of only (1) reusable bags (polyester, cotton, or plastic at least 3 mils in thickness), (2) paper bags with at least 40 percent postconsumer recycled content, or (3) compostable plastic bags conforming to ASTM D6400. Retailers must charge at least 5 cents for any bags distributed with handles. The ordinance will now be sent to the Mayor, who has the power to veto.
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Updated October 02, 2019

Bourne

Status Approved
Status Date October 01, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Establishment means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including restaurants.
Comply Date January 01, 2018
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Updated October 02, 2019

Brewster

Status Approved
Status Date May 13, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition A bag with stiched handles specifically designed for multiple reuse, and is made of (1) cloth or other machine washable fabric (2) Durable, non toxic plastic (other than polyethlene or poly vinyl chloride) that is 4.0 or thicker. (3) other durable material suited for resuse
Stores Affected Establishment means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including restaurants.
Comply Date June 01, 2020
Ordinance Article 20
Updated October 02, 2019

Brewster

Status Approved
Status Date August 20, 2020
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • 4.0 mil
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition A bag with stiched handles specifically designed for multiple reuse, and is made of (1) cloth or oter machine washable fabric (2) Durable, non toxic plastic (other than polyethlene or poly vinyl chloride) that is 4.0 or thicker. (3) other durable material suited for resuse
Stores Affected “Establishment” means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including restaurants. “
Fees none
Comply Date December 01, 2020
Ordinance Article 20
Updated September 03, 2020

Bridgewater

Status Approved
Status Date March 08, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.55mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition A bag with handles specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable material
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment - any retail store with gross interior space of 3,000 square feet or more, exclusive of stockroom, office, storage and other space ancillary of a publicly accessible space intended to be frequented by consumers, or at least (3) locations under the same ownership or brand name within the ...view more of Bridgewater or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. view less
Comply Date September 08, 2016
Ordinance D-2015-007
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Updated October 02, 2019

Brookline

Status Approved
Status Date November 14, 2012
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment any retail store that satifies at least one of the following requirements: (a) a retail space of 2500 square feet or larger or at least three (3) locations under the same name within theTown of Brookline that total 2500 square feet or more or (B) a retail pharmacy ...view more t last two locations under the same ownership with in the Town of Brookline or (c) afull line self serve supermarket that had annual gross sales in excess of $1,0,000 during the previous tax year ad which sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods or nonfood items and some perishable items. view less
Fees None
Comply Date December 01, 2013
Ordinance Article 8.xx
Notes 11/14/2012 was approved, ordinance will be finalized in 30-90 days.
Updated October 02, 2019

Buckland

Status Approved
Status Date May 19, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • No plastic
Paper Summary
Details:
  • Not defined: but allowed because it falls under the compostable definition.
Reusable Definition “Recyclable” means material that can be sorted, cleansed, and reconstituted using the city’s available recycling collection programs for the purpose of using the altered form in the manufacture of a new product. Recycling does not include burning, incinerating, converting, or otherwise thermally destroying solid waste.
Stores Affected “Retail food vendor” or “vendor” means any store, shop, sales outlet or other establishment, including a grocery store or a delicatessen, located within the town of Buckland, which provides prepared food.
Fees $0.25 maximum for all bags that meet requirement
Comply Date January 20, 2020
Ordinance Article 19, Chapter XVI
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Updated December 10, 2019

Burlington

Status Approved
Status Date May 10, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% postconsumer recycled content and displays the words Recyclable and made from 40% post-consumer recycled content in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 3.0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment means any commercial enterprise, defined as the following, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores; however, this does not include bazaars operated by nonprofit organizations or ...view more institutions. view less
Comply Date December 01, 2018
Ordinance Article 32
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Updated October 02, 2019

Cambridge

Status Approved
Status Date March 15, 2015
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least forty percent post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words recyclable and made from forty percent post-consumer recycled content in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least three millimeters in thickness.
Stores Affected
Retail establishment means any commercial enterprise, defined as the following, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores; however, this does not include bazaars operated by nonprofit organizations or ...view more institutions. view less
Fees $0.10 fee on reusable, paper, or compostable bag with handles provided at the point of sale
Comply Date March 15, 2016
Ordinance 1366
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Updated October 03, 2019

Canton

Status Approved
Status Date September 11, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content) and visibly displays both the word "recyclable" and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition “Reusable Bag” means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of polyester, polypropylene, washable fabric, or other durable material and, in the case of plastic bags, is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected Retail establishment shall mean, any retail space located in the town, including without limitations a, restaurant, food or ice cream truck, convenience store, retail pharmacy or supermarket
Comply Date March 11, 2010
Ordinance Article 27
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Updated December 10, 2019

Chelmsford

Status Approved
Status Date October 21, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition “Reusable Bag” means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.
Stores Affected Retail stores, supermarkets, and general department store; restaurants and take out retail
Comply Date July 01, 2020
Ordinance Article 32 Chapter 144-1
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Updated December 10, 2019

Chilmark

Status Approved
Status Date April 12, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content) and visibly displays both the word recyclable and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of polyester, polypropylene, washable fabric, or other durable material and, in the case of plastic bags, is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected Store means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise.
Comply Date January 01, 2017
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Updated October 02, 2019

Cohasset

Status Approved
Status Date April 30, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% postconsumer recycled content and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word recyclable or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post- consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is either a) made of cloth or other machine washable fabric: or b) made of plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is durable, non-toxic, and generally considered a food grade material, and is more than 4 mils. in thickness.
Stores Affected Store means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take out food purveyors, and merchandise retailers.
Comply Date November 01, 2018
Ordinance Article 7
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Updated October 02, 2019

Concord

Status Approved
Status Date April 11, 2015
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.55mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition A Reusable bag is a bag with handles specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable material.
Stores Affected A retail estabilishmnet that offers the sale and display of merchandise within the building. And grocery store estabilishment where more than 50% of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home prepration.
Fees None
Comply Date January 01, 2016
Ordinance Article 35
Updated October 02, 2019

Dalton

Status Approved
Status Date June 27, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
Reusable Definition Reusable Shopping Bags: Sewn bags with stitched handles that (1) are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; (2) can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (3) can be readily washed , (4) if mad of plastic must be a minimum of 4.0 mils
Stores Affected
An establishments that offers the sale and display of merchandise within a building. Any retail estabilishment or non profit that provides goods, including food and or beverages, and/or services dorectly to the consumer, with or withour charge, sporadic, temporary, part or full time, commercial, religious, educational, foundation related or governmental ...view more on private, public relegious, government or school property. Retail Establishment shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumers including, but not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, liqour stores, mini marts, restuarants or retail stores and vendors selling clothes. view less
Comply Date August 01, 2018
Ordinance Article 15
Notes 10/19/2017 Still waiting on the Attorney General for final approval. Will not review until after July 4th. This issue was brought to council by a signed petiton of residents.
Updated October 02, 2019

Danvers

Status Approved
Status Date May 21, 2018
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition Reusable Shopping Bags: Sewn bags with stitched handles that (1) are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; (2) can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (3) can hold a minimum of 15 liters; (4) can be readily washed or disinfected by hand or machine; and, (5) are made of thick cloth, fabric or other duarable material
Stores Affected
An establishments that offers the sale and display of merchandise within a building. Any retail estabilishment or non profit that provides goods, including food and or beverages, and/or services dorectly to the consumer, with or withour charge, sporadic, temporary, part or full time, commercial, religious, educational, foundation related or governmental ...view more on private, public relegious, government or school property. Retail Establishment shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumers including, but not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, liqour stores, mini marts, restuarants or retail storesand vendors selling clothes. view less
Comply Date June 01, 2019
Ordinance Article 16
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Updated October 02, 2019

Dartmouth

Status Approved
Status Date June 05, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 1.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Stores Affected Retailer, wholesaler or restaurant location at which merchandise is sold directly to customers
Comply Date June 05, 2019
Ordinance Bill Article 15
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Updated October 02, 2019

Dedham

Status Approved
Status Date June 18, 2020
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • “Recyclable paper bag” – a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content and displays the words “recyclable” and “made from 40% post-consumer recycled content” in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition “Reusable checkout bag” – A sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected more than 125 times; (3) is either (a) made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen) or (b) made of durable, non-toxic plastic (other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride) that is generally considered a food-grade material and that is more than 4.0 mils thick
Stores Affected “Retail store” – any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for- or not-for-profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, full- and quick-service restaurants, pharmacies, convenience stores, grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
Comply Date August 01, 2020
Updated July 11, 2020

Dennis

Status Approved
Status Date October 01, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Establishment means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including restaurants.
Comply Date January 01, 2018
Ordinance Article 17
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Updated October 02, 2019

Dover

Status Approved
Status Date May 19, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • 2.25
Reusable Definition Reusable Checkout Bag: a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric, or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Retail stores or restaurants
Comply Date January 20, 2020
Ordinance Article 25
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Updated December 10, 2019

Duxbury

Status Approved
Status Date March 03, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag: A Reusable Carryout Bag means one that satisfies all of the following requirements: 1. It is made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, other washable material; or of a non-toxic plastic (as defined by applicable state and federal regulations) that is no less than 3 mils thick; and 2. It is specifically designed for reuse.
Stores Affected An Establishment means any business selling goods, articles, or personal services to the public, including but not limited to restaurants.
Ordinance Article 42
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Updated October 02, 2019

Eastham

Status Approved
Status Date May 06, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag: a bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of cloth or other durable material.
Stores Affected Food and Retail Establishment: any business selling goods, food, or services to the public, including but not limited to: markets; restaurants; bars; take-out food purveyors; and merchandise retailers.
Comply Date November 01, 2020
Ordinance Article 35
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Updated October 02, 2019

Easton

Status Approved
Status Date November 12, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic (durable, non-toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 4.0 mils thick), cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment A facility selling new or used goods to an end user within the town of Easton, Massachusetts, which shall include restaurant, bakery, and any establishment where products or goods are dispensed to a consumer for offsite use or consumption.
Comply Date June 01, 2020
Ordinance Article 9: adding- Article III Waste Reduction
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Updated March 27, 2020

Edgartown

Status Approved
Status Date April 12, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content) and visibly displays both the word recyclable and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of polyester, polypropylene, washable fabric, or other durable material and, in the case of plastic bags, is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected Store means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise.
Comply Date January 01, 2017
Ordinance Article 19
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Updated October 02, 2019

Essex

Status Approved
Status Date November 29, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for material and, in the case of plastic bags, is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected Means any operation that serves, vends, or otherwise provides foods or other products for a third party for consumption and or use on or off the premise, whether or not a fee is charged, but not including the service of food served within a home or private setting.
Comply Date January 01, 2021
Ordinance Article 7
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Updated March 27, 2020

Falmouth

Status Pending
Status Date November 01, 2014
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Establishment means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including take-out restaurants.
Comply Date March 01, 2016
Links
Updated October 02, 2019

Framingham

Status Approved
Status Date May 05, 2016
Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag: A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected
Grocery Store: A retail establishment where more than fifty percent (50%) of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparation and consumption, which typically also offers home care and personal care products. Retail Store: An establishment that offers the sale and display ...view more merchandise within a building. view less
Fees None
Comply Date January 01, 2017
Ordinance Article 42
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Updated October 02, 2019

Franklin

Status Approved
Status Date February 12, 2020
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • RECYCLABLE PAPER BAG A paper bag that is: A. 100% recyclable, including the handles. B. Contains at least 40% post -consumer recycled paper content; and C. Displays the words " recyclable" and " made from 40% post-consumer recycled content" or other applicable amount) in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition REUSABLE CHECKOUT BAG A sewn bag with stitched handles that is: A. Specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; B. Can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; and C. Is made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, provided that it may not be constructed of polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride.
Stores Affected RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT Any retail operation located in the Town which sells goods, food or provides personal services to the public, including restaurants.
Comply Date November 01, 2020
Ordinance 20- 847, AS AMENDED NEW CHAPTER 130 P
Notes Delayed to 11/1/2020 due to Covid
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Updated August 18, 2020

Georgetown

Status Approved
Status Date May 01, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Establishment means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including restaurants.
Comply Date May 01, 2019
Ordinance Article 19
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Updated October 02, 2019

Gloucester

Status Approved
Status Date November 14, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag a paper bag that meets all of the following requirements: (1) is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall and contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled material; and (2) is capable of composting consistent with the timeline and specifications of the ASTM Standard D6400.
Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag, a sewn bag with stitched handles that is either (a) made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; or (b) made of plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is durable, non-toxic, and generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 2.25 mils thick.
Stores Affected Retail establishment any commercial business facility that sells goods and/or services directly to the consumer including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, convenient stores, restaurants and retail stores selling clothing, food and personal items, and dry cleaning services.
Comply Date January 01, 2019
Ordinance 2017-208
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Updated October 02, 2019

Grafton

Status Approved
Status Date May 08, 2017
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition 1) Is made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, other washable material or of non-toxic plastic. 2) Is specifically designed for multiple reuse and has handles.
Stores Affected An establishment means any business selling goods, articles, or personal services to the public, including restaurants with a gross interior space of 3000 square feet or larger; or business having at least 2 locations under the same ownership or brand name within the Town of Grafton.
Comply Date July 01, 2018
Ordinance Article 37
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Updated October 02, 2019

Great Barrington

Status Approved
Status Date January 01, 2013
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.55mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition A Reusable bag is a bag with handles specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable material.
Stores Affected Retail establishments- no formal definition provided
Comply Date July 01, 2013
Ordinance Chapter 211
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Updated October 02, 2019

Greenfield

Status Approved
Status Date January 16, 2019
Paper Summary
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable including any handles and that contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content material and displays language to this effect in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is manufactured of cotton, polyester, nylon or a similarly durable material but not polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride. Such Reusable Bags must be designed to be reused at least 125 times, and to be washed and sanitized between uses.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment means any commercial enterprise, defined as the following, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, including, but not limited to pharmacies, convenience stores, grocery stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores. However, this does not include restaurants drawing more than 80% of revenue from the sale of ...view more food, liquor stores, bazaars operated by nonprofit organizations or religious institutions. Food pantries, soup kitchens, and other governmental and not-for-profit agencies that distribute food or other products to the needy free of charge are not included in this category, and are exempt from the terms of this ordinance. view less
Fees $0.05 per paper bag
Comply Date January 16, 2020
Ordinance FY-109-072
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Updated October 02, 2019

Groton

Status Approved
Status Date October 21, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag: A. The word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable; and B. A label identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
Reusable Definition REUSABLE BAG - A bag that is either: A. Made of cloth or other machine-washable fabric; or B. Made of plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is durable, nontoxic, and generally considered a food-grade material, and is more than four mils in thickness.
Stores Affected Any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take?out food purveyors, and merchandise retailers.
Comply Date July 01, 2020
Ordinance Article 12
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Updated December 10, 2019

Halifax

Status Approved
Updated January 02, 2020

Hamilton

Status Approved
Status Date April 11, 2015
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag shall mean a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and is either: (1) made of cloth or other washable fabric; or (2) made of durable plastic 3 mil in thickness; or (3) of some other durable non-toxic material.
Stores Affected Retail establishment shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, mini-marts, and retail stores and vendors selling clothing, food, and household or personal items.
Comply Date July 27, 2016
Ordinance Chapter XXXV
Updated October 02, 2019

Hanson

Status Approved
Status Date November 19, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recycled Paper Bag means a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post- consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word “recyclable” or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post- consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
Reusable Definition A sewn bag with stitched handles, that is specifically designed for multiple reuse. (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet (2)is machine washable and (3) is either (4) made of natural fibers such as cotton or linen or (5) made a durable non toxic plastic other than polyvinyl chloride or polyethylene that is generally considered a food grade material that is more than 4.0 mils thick.
Stores Affected Retail establishment shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, "mini-marts," and retail stores and vendors selling clothing, food, and household or personal items.
Comply Date July 01, 2020
Ordinance Article 31
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Updated January 02, 2020

Harwich

Status Approved
Status Date May 04, 2015
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Establishment means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including take out restaurants.
Comply Date May 04, 2016
Ordinance Article 40
Updated October 02, 2019

Haverhill

Status Approved
Status Date August 07, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A paper bag that is: One-hundred-percent recyclable, including the handles; Contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and Displays the words recyclable and made from 40% post-consumer recycled content (or other applicable amount) in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected
Any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, or vendor that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials directly to a customer, whether for or not for profit, including but not limited to restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores; however, ...view more term retail establishment as used herein, does not include bazaars or festivals operated by nonprofit organizations or religious institutions, outdoor farmer's markets, or any establishments with an interior finished floor area under 3,000 square feet. view less
Fees $0.05 per reususable bag
Comply Date November 01, 2018
Ordinance 173-10
Updated October 02, 2019

Hingham

Status Approved
Status Date February 19, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recycled Paper Bag means a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post- consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word recyclable or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post- consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is either (1) made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, or (2) made of plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is durable, non-toxic, and generally considered a food grade material, and is more than 4 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected Store means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including but not limited to: convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise retailers.
Comply Date November 01, 2019
Ordinance Article 44
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Updated October 02, 2019

Hopkinton

Status Approved
Status Date April 01, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected
Grocery Store: A retail establishment where more than fifty percent (50 %) of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparation and consumption, which typically also offers home care and personal care products. Retail Store: An establishment that offers the sale and display ...view more merchandise within a building. view less
Comply Date January 01, 2019
Ordinance Chapter 111, section 31, #18
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Updated October 02, 2019

Hudson

Status Approved
Status Date November 18, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Banned
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recycled paper bag: A paper bag that is (i) 100 percent recyclable; and (ii) contains a minimum of 40 percent postconsumer recycled materials, provided, however, that an 8 pound or smaller recycled paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20 percent postconsumer recycled material; and (iii) displays the words “Recyclable” and "made from 40% postconsumer recycled content" or other applicable amount in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag: A sewn bag with stitched handles that is (i) specifically designed and manufactured for at least 175 uses; (ii) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; and (iii) is made of cloth or other machine-washable fabric other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride.
Stores Affected
Retail establishment: Any commercial enterprise, defined as the following, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores; however, this does not include bazaars operated by nonprofit organizations or religious ...view more view less
Comply Date June 01, 2020
Ordinance Article 17
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Updated January 02, 2020

Hull

Status Approved
Status Date April 04, 2019
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content and is provided free of charge to the customer.
Reusable Definition REUSABLE CARRYOUT BAG: A bag with stitched on handles that is made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, or other washable material and is specifically designed for multiple reuse. These bags are generally sold to the customer for a reasonable cost
Stores Affected ESTABLISHMENT: Any establishment includes businesses selling or distributing food, goods, articles, or personal services to the public
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance Article 30-32
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Updated October 03, 2019

Ipswich

Status Approved
Status Date May 12, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition Reusable bag shall mean a bag that is specifically designed for multiple uses and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Retail establishment shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to consumers including, but not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, mini marts, or retail stores and vendors selling clothing, food, household or personal items.
Comply Date May 01, 2017
Ordinance Article 12
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Updated October 02, 2019

Lee

Status Approved
Status Date June 01, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition Reusable Shopping Bags: Sewn bags with stitched handles that (1) are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; (2) can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (3) can hold a minimum of 15 liters; (4) can be readily washed or disinfected by hand or machine; and, (5) are made of either (a) natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) durable, non-toxic plastic other than Polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material and is more than 4 mils thick. The following information must be printed in a visible manner on the outside of the bags or on permanent tags: the name of the manufacturer; the country of manufacture; a true statement that the bag does not contain lead, cadmium, or other heavy metals in toxic amounts; the percent of post-consumer recycled material used in the bag, if any; and a statement recommending regular cleaning or disinfection.
Stores Affected
Establishment: Any operation that provides goods - including food and/or beverages - and/or services directly to consumers, with or without charge; sporadic, temporary, part- or full-time; commercial, non-profit, religious, educational, foundation-related, or governmental; whether on private, public, religious, or school property. Examples include, without limitation, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, ...view more stores, restaurants, retail stores, farmers' markets, school or church fund-raising activities, or other events. view less
Comply Date June 01, 2017
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Updated October 02, 2019

Lenox

Status Approved
Status Date June 01, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition Reusable Shopping Bags: Sewn bags with stitched handles that (1) are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; (2) can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) can hold a minimum of 15 liters; (3) can be readily washed or disinfected by hand or machine; and, (4) are made of either (a) natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) durable, non-toxic plastic other than Polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material and is more than 4 mils thick. The following information must be printed in a visible manner on the outside of the bags or on permanent tags: the name of the manufacturer; the country of manufacture; a true statement that the bag does not contain lead, cadmium, or other heavy metals in toxic amounts; the percent of post-consumer recycled material used in the bag, if any; and a statement recommending regular cleaning or disinfection.
Stores Affected
Establishment: Any operation that provides goods - including food and/or beverages - and/or services directly to consumers, with or without charge; sporadic, temporary, part- or full-time; commercial, non-profit, religious, educational, foundation-related, or governmental; whether on private, public, religious, or school property. Examples include, without limitation, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, ...view more stores, restaurants, retail stores, farmers' markets, school or church fund-raising activities, or other events. view less
Comply Date June 01, 2017
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Updated October 02, 2019

Lexington

Status Approved
Status Date April 26, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag: A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials excluding polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride.
Stores Affected
Grocery Store: A retail establishment where more than fifty percent (50%) of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparation and consumption, which typically also offers home care and personal care products. Retail Store: An establishment that offers the sale and display of ...view more within a building view less
Comply Date July 01, 2019
Ordinance Article 33, Chapter 81
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Updated October 02, 2019

Lincoln

Status Approved
Status Date March 26, 2018
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper bag shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word recyclable or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post- consumer recycled content and the percentage of postconsumer recycled content in the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable Check-out bag shall mean a sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) is machine washable; and, (3) is either (a) made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) made of durable, non-toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 4 mils thick.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
Comply Date January 19, 2019
Ordinance Article XXIX
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Updated October 02, 2019

Longmeadow

Status Approved
Status Date October 17, 2018
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag that is: 1. 100 percent recyclable including the handles; 2. contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and 3. displays the words recyclable and made from 40% post-consumer recycled content (or other applicable amount) in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable grocery bag means a sewn bag with stitched handles that is (i) specifically designed and manufactured for at least 175 uses; (ii) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; and (iii) is made of cloth or other machine-washable fabric other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride.
Stores Affected
Store means a retail establishment store, person, corporation, partnership, business venture, or vendor that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials directly to a customer, whether for or not for profit, including but not limited to restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, farmers' markets, ...view more markets, jewelry stores, and household goods stores view less
Comply Date April 22, 2019
Ordinance Article 11 (Article 2, Chapter 500, Section 2-516)
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Updated October 02, 2019

Lowell

Status Approved
Status Date May 29, 2018
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag the word recyclable or a symbol identifying the bag is recyclable.
Reusable Definition A reusable checkout bag shall be a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple use. Preferably made of natural fibers.
Stores Affected Establishment shall mean any business or vendor that sells or provides food, merchandise, goods, or personal services to the public, and is 3,000 sq. ft. or greater.
Comply Date January 01, 2019
Ordinance 270-l4
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Updated October 02, 2019

Lunenberg

Status Approved
Status Date November 13, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected An establishment that offers the sale and display of merchandise within a building.
Comply Date June 01, 2019
Ordinance Chapter 192
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Updated January 02, 2020

Lynn

Status Approved
Status Date April 01, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable, including any handles, and that contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content material, and displays language to this effect in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, and meets the following requirements: 1. Has a minimum lifetime capability of 125 or more uses carrying 22 or more pounds; and 2. Is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected 125 times. 3. Has a thickness of greater than four mil.
Stores Affected Retail establishment means any commercial enterprise, defined as the following: whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores.
Comply Date September 01, 2019
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Updated October 02, 2019

Malden

Status Approved
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Updated October 02, 2019

Manchester

Status Approved
Status Date July 01, 2005
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Retail establishments- no formal definition provided
Comply Date July 01, 2013
Ordinance Section 42
Updated October 02, 2019

Mansfield

Status Approved
Status Date May 12, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper bag shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word recyclable or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable Check-out bag shall mean a sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) is machine washable; and, (3) is either (a) made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) made of durable, non-toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 4 mils thick
Stores Affected Retail Establishment shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
Fees None
Comply Date November 01, 2018
Ordinance Article III, Chapter 180
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Updated October 02, 2019

Marblehead

Status Approved
Status Date May 15, 2014
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 3.0 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment any commercial business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer including but not limited to grocery store, pharmacies, liquor stores, mini marts ad retail stores and vendors selling clothing, food and personal items.
Comply Date May 15, 2015
Ordinance 157
Notes Approved in meeting on 5/8/2014, however, still needs signature. This can take between 30-120 days for final approval and signature.
Updated October 02, 2019

Marshfield

Status Approved
Status Date May 17, 2018
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post - consumer recycled paper content and is provided free of charge to the customer.
Reusable Definition REUSABLE CARRYOUT BAG: A bag with stitched on handles that is made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, or other washable material and is specifically designed for multiple reuse. These bags are generally sold to the customer for a reasonable cost.
Stores Affected ESTABLISHMENT: An establishment means any business selling food, good, articles, or personal services to the public.
Comply Date January 01, 2019
Ordinance Article 34
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Updated October 03, 2019

Mashpee

Status Approved
Status Date October 01, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag - A bag with handles specifically designed for multiple reuse; and is either: 1. Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; or 2. Made of durable, non-toxic plastic generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 4
Stores Affected Establishment - Any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including but not limited to markets, merchandise retailers, food purveyors, public eating establishments and take-out restaurants.
Comply Date January 01, 2018
Ordinance Article 26
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Updated October 02, 2019

Medfield

Status Approved
Status Date April 29, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Banned
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A paper bag that is: 100% recyclable, including the handles. Contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and Displays the words "recyclable" and "made from 40% post-consumer recycled content" (or other applicable amount) in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition A sewn bag with stitched handles that is: Specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; Can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; and Is made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, provided that it may not be constructed of polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride.
Stores Affected Any retail operation located in the Town which sells goods, food or provides personal services to the public, including restaurants.
Comply Date November 01, 2019
Ordinance Chapter 195
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Updated December 10, 2019

Medford

Status Approved
Status Date January 08, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition REUSABLE BAG: A sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse that: 1) Can carry 25 pounds; 2) Is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected 125 times; 3) Is made of either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other natural fiber material; and 4) Has a thickness of greater than 4. 0 mils.
Stores Affected
RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT Any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, or vendor that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials directly to the customer, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, stores that sell wine, beer or spirits, seasonal and temporary businesses, ...view more stores and household goods stores. view less
Comply Date July 08, 2019
Ordinance #833
Updated October 02, 2019

Medifield

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Medway

Status Approved
Status Date November 04, 2020
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • 4.0 mil
Paper Summary
Details:
  • RECYCLABLE PAPER BAGS: Paper bags with or without handles provided at the point of sale to a customer of an Establishment for use to transport or carry away purchases, such as merchandise, goods or food, etc. and that (1) are one hundred percent (100%) recyclable, and (2) contain a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled paper content.
Reusable Definition REUSABLE [CHECKOUT] BAG: A bag, with stitched handles, that is 4.0 mils or thicker, is specifically designed for multiple uses and is made of cloth, fabric, or other durable, washable materials
Stores Affected ESTABLISHMENT: Any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including public eating establishments and take-out restaurants.
Fees none
Comply Date January 27, 2021
Ordinance Article XXXII
Notes https://www.townofmedway.org/sites/g/files/vyhlif866/f/uploads/plastic-bag-ban-bylaw.pdf
Updated December 09, 2020

Melrose

Status Approved
Status Date December 19, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • 1) Is 100% recyclable, including the handles; 2) Contains at least 40% post -consumer recycled paper content; and 3) Displays the words Recyclable and made from 40% post -consumer recycled content or greater amount) in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition A sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse that: 1) Can carry 25 pounds; 2) Is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected 125 times; 3) Is made of either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other natural fiber material; and 4) Has a thickness of greater than 4. 0 mils.
Stores Affected
Any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, or vendor that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials directly to the customer, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, stores that sell wine, beer or spirits, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores ...view more household goods stores view less
Comply Date July 01, 2018
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Updated October 03, 2019

Millis

Status Approved
Status Date July 01, 2020
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag - A paper bag that is: a. 100 percent recyclable, including any handles b. contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and c. displays the words "recyclable" (or a suitable symbol indicating that the bag is recyclable) and "made from 40% post-consumer recycled content" (or other applicable amount) in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag - A bag with or without handles specifically designed for multiple reuse; and is either made of cloth or machine washable fabric or made of durable, non-toxic plastic generally considered a food-grade material. A Reusable checkout bag may not be constructed of polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment - Any retail operation located in the Town which sells goods, food or provides personal services to the public, including restaurants.
Comply Date November 05, 2019
Ordinance 19-168 MPRI
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Updated February 03, 2020

Milton

Status Approved
Status Date November 01, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • “Recyclable Paper Bag” shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word “recyclable” or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
Reusable Definition "Reusable Check-Out Bag" shall mean a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that is either (a) made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) made of durable, non-toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 4 mils thick.
Stores Affected
“Retail Establishment” shall mean any person, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, vendor or business facility that sells goods, articles, food or personal services directly to the consumer whether for profit or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores and ...view more and temporary businesses. view less
Comply Date September 14, 2019
Ordinance Article 12
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Updated December 10, 2019

Natick

Status Approved
Status Date February 15, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Retail establishment means any commercial enterprise, defined as the following: whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores, including food service establishments.
Comply Date August 01, 2017
Ordinance Chapter 27
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Updated October 02, 2019

Newburyport

Status Approved
Status Date October 01, 2014
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition A bag that is specifically designed and intended for multiple use and is made of lastic with a thickness greater than 3.00 mil. thick Has a or fabric or other durable material.
Stores Affected A Retail Establishment shall mean an establishment engaged in any Business or Marine uses regulated under Section V (use regulations) of Appendix A (Zoning Ordinance) of the code of the City of Newburyport, MA.
Fees None
Comply Date March 29, 2015
Ordinance None
Notes 12/12/2014 The City's ban on single-use, thin-film plastic bags was codified on October 1, 2014. The ordinance gives the City 3 months to issue regulations and another 3 months to implement. Based on that timeline, draft regulations are planned to be reviewed by the Board of Health in December. Implementation will become effective on March 29, 2015. To give the business community ample time to plan for this change. On 4/1/2014 the city introduced an ordinance banning thin plastic bags. It has currently been sent to committee for further review.
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Updated October 02, 2019

Newton

Status Approved
Status Date January 20, 2015
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 3.0 millimeters in thickness.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment means any commercial entity with retail space 3500 square feet or bigger or at least tow locations under the same name within the City of Newtown with retail space that totals 3500 square feet or larger whether or not for profit, including, but not limited to retail stores, ...view more pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses. view less
Comply Date June 15, 2015
Notes As of 1/28/2015 still on the Mayers desk.
Updated October 02, 2019

North Attleborough

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

North Hampton

Status Approved
Status Date April 16, 2015
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Bags that have a thickness greater than 3.0 mils and are specifically designed for multiple use and are made of thick recyclable plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials that do not decompose into harmful chemical components. A reusable bag may be recyclable or compostable and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishments: All sales outlets, stores, shops, pharmacies or other places of business located within the City of Northampton which sell or convey merchandise directly to the ultimate consumer. Retail Food Establishments. All sales outlets, stores, shops, restaurants, markets, supermarkets, clubs or other places of business which sell, serve ...view more convey foods directly to the ultimate consumer. This definition shall include but is not limited to any place where food is prepared, mixed, cooked, baked, smoked, preserved, bottled, packaged, handled, stored, manufactured, sold or offered to the public; similar places in which food or drink is prepared for sale or service on the premises or elsewhere; and any other establishment or operation, including in-home caterers, where food is processed, prepared, stored, served or provided for the public, regardless of whether there is a charge for the food. Retail Service Establishments. view less
Comply Date January 01, 2016
Ordinance 272-18
Updated October 02, 2019

Northborough

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag that is (1) 100 percent recyclable including the handles; (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and, (3) displays the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag, a sewn bag with handles, that is designed for multiple reuse and can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet. It can be either made of cloth fabric, durable plastic (more than 4 mils thick), or other durable material
Stores Affected Retail establishment, any retail space located in the Town of Northborough including without limitation a restaurant, food or ice cream truck, convenience store, merchandise vendor, farm market, or supermarket
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance Article 41
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Updated October 02, 2019

Norwell

Status Approved
Status Date May 06, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Banned
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A paper bag that is labeled as being 100% recyclable overall and containing at least 40% post-consumer recycled material.
Reusable Definition A sewn bag with stitched handles that is made of cloth or other machine washable fabric other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride specifically designed for at least 175 uses and to carry 25 pounds over a distance of at least 300 feet.
Stores Affected Any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for profit or not-for-profit, including but not limited to convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise retailers.
Comply Date November 06, 2019
Ordinance Article III
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Updated January 02, 2020

Oak Bluffs

Status Approved
Status Date July 18, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content) and visibly displays both the word recyclable and the percentage of post-cnsumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of polyester, polypropylene, washable fabric, or other durable material and, in the case of plastic bags, is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected Store means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise retailers.
Comply Date January 01, 2018
Notes 10/27/2017 still not signed.
Updated October 02, 2019

Orleans

Status Approved
Status Date May 07, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag: a bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of cloth or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Food and Retail Establishment: any business selling goods, food, or services to the public, including but not limited to: markets; restaurants; bars; take-out food purveyors; and merchandise retailers.
Comply Date May 01, 2019
Ordinance Article 36, Chapter 95
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Updated October 02, 2019

Peabody

Status Approved
Status Date October 29, 2020
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 5.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • 5.0 mil
Paper Summary
Details:
  • A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content and is provided free of charge to the customer.
Reusable Definition a sewn bag with stiched handles, that is specifically designed for multiple reuse. (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet (2)is machine washable and (3) is either (4) made of natural fibers such as cotton or linen or plastics
Stores Affected Any business or commercial enterprise or Facility whether for profit or not, selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for profit or not-for-profit, including but not limited to convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, merchandise retailers and dry cleaners.
Comply Date September 01, 2020
Ordinance Article 7
Notes https://peabody-ma.gov/health/plasticbagban.pdf https://www.peabody-ma.gov/health/retailersplasticbags0720.pdf
Updated November 03, 2020

Pembroke

Status Approved
Status Date February 11, 2019
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content and is provided free of charge to the customer.
Reusable Definition A bag with stitched on handles that is made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, or other washable material and is specifically designed for multiple reuse. These bags are generally sold to the customer for a reasonable cost.
Stores Affected Any commercial establishment includes businesses selling food, goods, articles, or personal services to the public.
Comply Date August 11, 2019
Ordinance Aricle XXIII
Updated October 02, 2019

Pepperell

Status Approved
Status Date September 10, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • No plastic
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag with stitched handles that is made solely of, or in a combination of, natural cloths, synthetic fibers, or other washable material other than any type of polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride and is durable, non-toxic, and specifically designed for multiple reuse (a minimum of 175 uses).
Stores Affected "Store" means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise retailers.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance Reduction of Plastic bags
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Updated March 27, 2020

Pittsburg

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Pittsfield

Status Approved
Status Date April 01, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post -consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag ( 1) the word recyclable or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable; and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
Reusable Definition Means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 3. 0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected Shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
Fees Check out bag: $0.05
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance Chapter 8 (#1215)
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Updated October 02, 2019

Plainville

Status Approved
Status Date June 03, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
Reusable Definition A sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that:Can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet;Is machine washable; and Is either:Made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or Made of durable, non-toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material that is more than four mils thick.
Stores Affected Any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance Chapter 348
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Updated January 02, 2020

Plymouth

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition A Reusable Carryout meets all of the following requirements: [1] Is made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, other washable material; or of a non-toxic plastic as defined by applicable state and federal regulations that is no less than 3 mls thick and has the word Reusable or Reuse printed on the outside of the bag in a visible manner. [2] Is specifically designed for multiple reuse and has handles.
Stores Affected An Establishment means any business selling goods, articles, or personal services to the public, including restaurants, with a gross interior space of 3000 square feet or larger; or has at least two (2) locations under the same ownership or brand name within the Town of Plymouth.
Comply Date January 01, 2018
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Updated October 02, 2019

Provincetown

Status Approved
Status Date November 17, 2014
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 1.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition A reusable bag is defined as a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either: (1) Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; (2) Made of durable plastic that is at least 1.5 mils thick; or (3) Other durable material suitable for reuse.
Stores Affected An Establishment means any business in Provincetown selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including but not limited to markets, restaurants, bars, take-out food purveyors, merchandise retailers, florists and galleries.
Comply Date April 15, 2015
Ordinance General Bylaw- Article 8 sections 13-6 thru 13-6-4
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Updated October 02, 2019

Quincy

Status Approved
Status Date November 05, 2020
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • No plastic
Paper Summary
Details:
  • A paper bag which is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content and displays the words "Recyclable" and "Made from 40% post-consumer recyclable content" in a visible manner on the exterior of such bag.
Reusable Definition Adopted Date: 12/2/2019 A bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple re-use, and is made of either polyester, polypropylene, cotton, or other durable material or composition, and meets the following standards: Has a minimum lifetime capability of 125 or more uses carrying 22 or more pounds; and Is machine washable or is made of material which can be cleaned or disinfected a minimum of 125 times.
Stores Affected Any commercial enterprise, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience stores, grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores.
Fees None
Comply Date March 01, 2020
Ordinance Article III, Ordinance 2019-125
Notes https://ecode360.com/35963423?highlight=bag,bags,plastic&searchId=28734406351748503#35963423
Updated December 09, 2020

Randolf

Status Approved
Status Date July 29, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple uses and that is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Thin-film single-use plastic bags shall not be distributed, used or sold for checkout or other purposes at any retail, grocery or convenience store within the Town of Randolph.
Comply Date January 01, 2021
Ordinance 2018-038, Chapter 158
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Updated December 10, 2019

Reading

Status Approved
Status Date November 16, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag a paper bag that is: (1) 100 percent recyclable; and (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content and is clearly labeled as such.
Reusable Definition Single-Use Plastic Checkout Bags any plastic Checkout bag less than 3 mils thick.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment any commercial enterprise including, but not limited to the following: restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, household goods stores and any other business that offers the sale and display of merchandise.
Comply Date September 15, 2018
Ordinance General Bylaw- Article 8 sections 13
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Updated October 02, 2019

Revere

Status Approved
Status Date April 22, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40 percent post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words "Recyclable" and "made from 40% post-consumer recyclable content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition  Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, and meets the following requirements: a. Has a minimum lifetime capability of 125 or more uses carrying 22 or more pounds; and b. Is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected 125 times. c. Has a thickness of greater than four mil.
Stores Affected Retail establishment means any commercial enterprise, defined as the following: whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores.
Ordinance #18-036
Notes Stores that are 20,000 square feet or larger are required to adhere to the ordinance by July 1, 2019. Stores that are at least 10,000 square feet are required to adhere to the ordinance by September 1, 2019. Stores less than 10,000 square feet are required to adhere to the ordinance by December 31, 2019.
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Updated December 10, 2019

Rockport

Status Approved
Status Date September 21, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A paper bag that meets all of the following requirements: (1) is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall and contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) post-consumer recycled material; (2) is capable of composting, consistent with the timeline and specifications of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D6400 Standard
Reusable Definition A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric, or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Any commercial business facility that sells goods and/or services to the public including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, bars, restaurants, markets, liquor stores, retail stores, and convenience stores
Comply Date March 19, 2019
Ordinance Article O (11) amending Ch 14 adding Section F, subsection 1
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Updated October 02, 2019

Salem

Status Approved
Status Date February 28, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and is either polyethlene, polyester, cotton or other durable material, and meets the following requirements: (1) has a minimum life capacity of over 125 times and can comfortably carry 25 pounds; machine washable fabric; and has a thickness greater than 4.0 millimeters.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment any commercial business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer including but not limited to grocery store, pharmacies, liquor stores, mini marts ad retail stores and vendors selling clothing, food and personal items.
Comply Date January 01, 2018
Ordinance Chapter 14
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Updated October 02, 2019

Sandwich

Status Approved
Status Date January 28, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • Requirements: 4.0 mil thick
Reusable Definition Reusable Shopping Bags: Sewn bags with stitched handles that (1) are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; (2) can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) can hold a minimum of 15 liters; (3) can be readily washed or disinfected by hand or machine; and, (4) are made of either (a) natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) durable, non-toxic plastic other than Polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material and is more than 4 mils thick.
Stores Affected
Establishment: Any operation that provides goods - including food and/or beverages - and/or services directly to consumers, with or without charge; sporadic, temporary, part- or full-time; commercial, non-profit, religious, educational, foundation-related, or governmental; whether on private, public, religious, or school property. Examples include, without limitation, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, ...view more stores, restaurants, retail stores, farmers markets, school or church fund-raising activities, or other events. view less
Comply Date November 28, 2017
Updated October 02, 2019

Saugus

Status Approved
Status Date May 06, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words recyclable and made from 40% post-consumer recycled content in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bags means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected
Grocery Store means a retail establishment where more than fifty percent (50%) of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparation and consumption, which typically also offers home care and personal care products. Retail Store means any business facility that sells goods directly ...view more the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses view less
Ordinance Article 15
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Updated October 02, 2019

Scituate

Status Approved
Status Date November 15, 2018
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition Reusable Check out bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse (minimum of 175 times) and that is washable material made of natural fibers such as cotton or linen or made of durable, non toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food grade material
Stores Affected Store means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise.
Comply Date March 01, 2019
Ordinance 32070
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Updated October 02, 2019

Seekonk

Status Approved
Status Date February 15, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • “Recyclable paper bag” shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% postconsumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word “recyclable” or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag
Reusable Definition “Reusable check-out bag” shall mean any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple, long-term reuse, made of cloth or other machine or hand-washable fabric; other durable material, including plastic that is at least 4.0 mils thick.
Stores Affected “Retail Establishment” shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including but not limited to, retail.
Fees None
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance Catergory 3 of Town By Laws
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Updated June 11, 2021

Sharon

Status Approved
Status Date May 10, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • RECYCLABLE PAPER BAG shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word “recyclable” or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label 2 identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
Reusable Definition REUSABLE CHECK-OUT BAG shall mean a sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) can be washed or disinfected; and, (3) is made of either (a) natural fibers such as cotton; or (b) durable, non-toxic plastic, that is generally considered a food-grade material (ie. not polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride), and is more than 4 mils thick.
Stores Affected RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
Comply Date November 10, 2019
Ordinance #226-11/Article 23
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Updated December 10, 2019

Shrewsbury

Status Approved
Status Date May 19, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40 percent post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words Recyclable and made from 40% post-consumer recyclable content in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with sewn handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; made of cloth or other washable fabric; or durable plastic that is at least 4.0 millimeters in thickness.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment is any retail space in the Town of Shrewbury, including without limitations, restruarants, food or ice cream truck, convenience store, retail pharmacy or grocery stores.
Comply Date July 01, 2017
Ordinance Artcile 8B
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Updated October 02, 2019

South Hadley

Status Approved
Status Date May 11, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Details:
  • (1) Bags that contain no polymers derived from fossil fuels; and (2) Are intended for single use and will decompose in a natural setting to an environmentally beneficial material at a rate comparable to other biodegradable materials such as paper, leaves, and food waste.
Reusable Definition (1) Bags that have a thickness greater than 4.0 mils and are specifically designed for multiple use and are made of thick recyclable plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials that do not decompose into harmful chemical components. A reusable bag may be recyclable or compostable and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.
Stores Affected All places of business located within the Town of South Hadley where a service, specialized or professional work is offered to the public, regardless of whether there is a charge for the service.
Comply Date July 01, 2018
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Updated October 02, 2019

Southbridge

Status Approved
Status Date May 09, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Stores Affected No vendors in Southbridge
Comply Date November 09, 2019
Ordinance Chapter 5
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Updated October 02, 2019

Springfield

Status Approved
Status Date August 20, 2020
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • 4.0 mil
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Means a paper bag that is (1) 100 percent recyclable including the handles; (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and, (3) displays the words "recyclable" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition a sewn bag with stitched handles that (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) is either (a) made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; or (b) made of plastic other than polyethylene (HDPE, LDPE, PETE, etc.) or polyvinyl chloride that is durable, non-toxic, and generally considered a foodgrade material that is more than 4 mils thick.
Stores Affected any retail space located in the City including without limitation a restaurant, food or ice cream truck, convenience store, retail pharmacy, or supermarket.
Comply Date January 01, 2021
Ordinance 2018-17
Updated September 03, 2020

Springfield

Status Approved
Status Date April 23, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Means a paper bag that is (1) 100 percent recyclable including the handles; (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and, (3) displays the words recyclable in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition A sewn bag with stitched handles that (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) is either (a) made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; or (b) made of plastic other than polyethylene (HDPE, LDPE, PETE, etc.) or polyvinyl chloride that is durable, non-toxic, and generally considered a foodgrade material that is more than 4 mils thick.
Stores Affected Any retail space located in the City including without limitation a restaurant, food or ice cream truck, convenience store, retail pharmacy, or supermarket.
Comply Date June 01, 2020
Ordinance 2018-17
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Updated October 02, 2019

Statewide Legislation

Status Pending
Status Date July 10, 2020
Comply Date January 01, 2021
Ordinance Pharmacy and grocery order
Notes 1)    Grocery stores and pharmacies, food banks and emergency food programs, including those currently subject to municipal ordinances or regulations banning single-use plastic bags, may choose to use recyclable paper bags, compostable plastic bags or single-use plastic bags. 2)    Grocery stores and pharmacies may not assess a charge for recyclable paper bags, compostable plastic bags or single-use plastic bags.
Links
Updated September 03, 2020

Stockbridge

Status Approved
Status Date April 29, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition Reusable Shopping Bags: Sewn bags with stitched handles that (1) are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; (2) can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (3) can hold a minimum of 15 liters; (4) can be readily washed or disinfected by hand or machine; and, (5) are made of either (a) natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) durable, non-toxic plastic other than Polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material and is more than 4 mils thick. The following information must be printed in a visible manner on the outside of the bags or on permanent tags: the name of the manufacturer; the country of manufacture; a true statement that the bag does not contain lead, cadmium, or other heavy metals in toxic amounts; the percent of post-consumer recycled material used in the bag, if any; and a statement recommending regular cleaning or disinfection.
Stores Affected
Establishment: Any operation that provides goods - including food and/or beverages - and/or services directly to consumers, with or without charge; sporadic, temporary, part- or full-time; commercial, non-profit, religious, educational, foundation-related, or governmental; whether on private, public, religious, or school property. Examples include, without limitation, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, ...view more stores, restaurants, retail stores, farmers' markets, school or church fund-raising activities, or other events. view less
Comply Date January 02, 2019
Ordinance Tri Town Board- Thin Film Plastic Bag Intiative
Updated October 02, 2019

Stoneham

Status Approved
Status Date November 04, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is: (1) 100 percent recyclable; and (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content and is clearly labeled as such.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected Retail establishment means any commercial enterprise including, but not limited to the following: restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, household goods stores and any other business that offers the sale of merchandise.
Comply Date May 01, 2020
Ordinance Regulation of Retail Checkout Bags
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Updated March 27, 2020

Sturbridge

Status Failed
Notes 2008 failed
Updated October 02, 2019

Sudbury

Status Approved
Status Date May 01, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper bag shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word recyclable or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post- consumer recycled content and the percentage of postconsumer recycled content in the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable Check-out bag shall mean a sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) is machine washable; and, (3) is either (a) made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) made of durable, non-toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 4 mils thick.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
Comply Date January 01, 2018
Ordinance Article 35
Updated October 02, 2019

Swampscott

Status Approved
Status Date May 22, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Establishment means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including restaurants.
Comply Date September 01, 2018
Ordinance Article 18
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Updated October 02, 2019

Tewksbury

Status Approved
Status Date October 03, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag the word recyclable or a symbol identifying the bag is recyclable and contains at least 40% post- consumer paper content and be marked as such.
Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag shall be a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple use, preferably made of natural fibers, that is at least 3.0 mils or thicker.
Stores Affected Retail establishment shall mean any business or vendor that sells or provides food, merchandise, goods, or personal services to the public. However, the term retail establishment does not include bazaars or festivals operated by nonprofit organizations or religious institutions.
Comply Date April 01, 2019
Ordinance Article 19 (General bylaw Title 18.10)
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Updated October 02, 2019

Tisbury

Status Approved
Status Date April 12, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content) and visibly displays both the word recyclable and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of polyester, polypropylene, washable fabric, or other durable material and, in the case of plastic bags, is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected Store means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise.
Comply Date January 01, 2017
Ordinance Article 19
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Updated October 02, 2019

Topsfield

Status Approved
Status Date January 01, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
Details:
  • "Recyclable paper bag" means a paper bag that is 100% and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag is recyclable.
Reusable Definition "Reusable bag" means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric, or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Retail establishment means a business or vendor that sells or provides food, merchandise, goods, or personal services to the public, but not a bazaar or festival operated by a non-commercial entity
Comply Date July 01, 2018
Ordinance LXVI
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Updated December 10, 2019

Town of Chatham

Status Approved
Status Date January 01, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected Establishment means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including restaurants.
Comply Date January 01, 2017
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Updated October 02, 2019

Townsend

Status Approved
Status Date May 07, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition "Reusable bag" means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric, or other durable materials.
Stores Affected An establishment that offers the sale and display of merchandise within a building.
Comply Date November 01, 2019
Ordinance Article 37
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Updated January 02, 2020

Truro

Status Approved
Status Date November 05, 2015
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition A reusable bag is defined as a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either: (1) Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; (2) Made of durable plastic that is at least 3.5 mils thick; or (3) Other durable material suitable for reuse.
Stores Affected An Establishment means any business in Truro selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including but not limited to markets, restaurants, bars, take-out food purveyors, merchandise retailers, florists and galleries.
Comply Date June 01, 2016
Ordinance Article 8
Updated October 02, 2019

Tyngsborough

Status Approved
Status Date May 15, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 1.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition A reusable bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either: 1. Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; 2. Made of durable plastic that is at least 1.5 mils thick; or 3. Other durable material suitable for reuse.
Stores Affected An Establishment means any business in Tyngsborough selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including but not limited to markets, restaurants, bars, take-out food purveyors, merchandise retailers and florists.
Comply Date May 01, 2019
Ordinance Article 29
Updated October 02, 2019

Upton

Status Approved
Status Date January 05, 2021
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • 4.0 mil
Paper Summary
Details:
  • none defined
Reusable Definition 3.7 “Reusable checkout bag”, a sewn bag with handles, that is designed for multiple reuse and can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet. It can be either made of cloth fabric, durable plastic (more than 4 mils thick), or other durable material.
Stores Affected 3.6 “Retail establishment”, any retail space located in the Town of Upton including without limitation a restaurant, food or ice cream truck, convenience store, merchandise vendor, farm market, or supermarket.
Fees none
Comply Date June 20, 2020
Ordinance Chapter 9
Notes https://www.uptonma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif5121/f/uploads/03-20_approvedtown_of_upton_general_bylaws_1.pdf
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Updated February 01, 2021

Wakefield

Status Approved
Status Date December 15, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag: A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Stores Affected
2.2 Grocery store: A retail establishment where more than fifty percent of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparations and consumption, which typically also offers home care and personal care products. 2.3 Retail store: An establishment that offers the sale and display ...view more merchandise within a building. view less
Comply Date July 01, 2018
Ordinance 154-10
Updated October 02, 2019

Wayland

Status Approved
Status Date May 02, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words recyclable and made from 40% post-consumer recycled content in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 4.0 Mils in thickness.
Stores Affected Retail Store means any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
Comply Date January 01, 2018
Ordinance Article 23
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Updated October 02, 2019

Wellesley

Status Approved
Status Date April 16, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content and visibly displays both the word recyclable and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition Reusable Check out Bag shall mean a sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet (2) is machine washable (3) either (a) made if natural fibers such as cotton or linen or (b) made of durable, non toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food grade material that is more than 4 mils thick.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether or not for profit, including but not limited to retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
Comply Date January 01, 2017
Ordinance Article 33
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Updated October 02, 2019

Wellfleet

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.50mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition A reusable shopping bag is defined as a bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of durable material such as cloth at least 3.5 mil thick.
Stores Affected An Establishment means any business in Wellfleet selling goods, food or services to the public, including, but not limited to, markets, restaurants, bars, take-out food purveyors, merchandise retailers, florists and galleries.
Comply Date January 01, 2016
Ordinance Article 30-32
Updated October 02, 2019

West Tisbury

Status Approved
Status Date April 12, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content) and visibly displays both the word recyclable and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of polyester, polypropylene, washable fabric, or other durable material and, in the case of plastic bags, is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected Store means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise.
Comply Date January 01, 2017
Ordinance Article 19
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Updated October 02, 2019

Westborough

Status Approved
Status Date March 17, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper bag - means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content and displays the words recyclable and made from 40% postconsumer recycled content in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag - means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 4.0 Mils in thickness.
Stores Affected
Grocery Store - means a retail establishment where more than fifty percent (50%) of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparation and consumption which typically also offers home care and personal care products. Retail Store - means any business facility that sells ...view more directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery view less
Comply Date September 17, 2018
Ordinance Article 33
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Updated October 02, 2019

Westford

Status Approved
Status Date March 25, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
Details:
  • Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag the word recyclable or a symbol identifying the bag is recyclable
Reusable Definition A reusable checkout bag shall be a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple use, preferably made of natural fibers, that is at least 3.0 mils or thicker.
Stores Affected Establishment shall mean any business or vendor that sells or provides food, merchandise, goods, or personal services to the public. However, the term Establishment does not include bazaars or festivals operated by nonprofit organizations or religious institutions.
Comply Date January 01, 2019
Ordinance Article 25 (Chapter 134)
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Updated October 02, 2019

Weston

Status Approved
Status Date May 17, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable paper bag shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% postconsumer recycled content and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word recyclable or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post- consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable Check-out bag shall mean a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that is either (a) made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) made of durable, non-toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 4 mils thick.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment shall mean any business facility that sells goods, articles, food, or personal services directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses
Comply Date January 01, 2018
Ordinance Article 27
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Updated October 02, 2019

Williamstown

Status Approved
Status Date May 20, 2015
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recylcable Paper Bag means a paper bag that meets all of the following requirements: ( 1) contains no old growth fiber, (2) is one hundred percent ( 100%) recyclable overall and contains a minimum of forty percent ( 40%) postconsumer recycled material; ( 3) is capable of composting, consistent with the timeline and specifications of the American Society of Testing and Materials ASTM) Standard D6400.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag: a) A retail establishment may provide or sell reusable carryout bags to its customers or to any person. b) A reusable carryout bag must have a handle. c) A reusable carryout bag must be constructed out of: 1) cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non- woven; or recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 4. 0 mil. d) A reusable carryout bag must meet the minimum reuse testing standard of 175 reuses carrying 16 pounds.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment Any commercial business facility that sells goods and/ or services directly to the consumer including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, convenience stores, restaurants, retail stores and vendors selling clothing, food, and personal items, and dry cleaning services.
Comply Date October 26, 2015
Ordinance Article 8
Updated October 02, 2019

Wilmington

Status Approved
Status Date May 05, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40 percent post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words Recyclable and made from at least 40% post-consumer recyclable content in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that meets all of the following criteria: A. Is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; B. Is washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; C. If plastic, has a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils, has handles, and has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment: Any commercial enterprise, whether for or not-for-profit, including, but not limited to the following: pharmacies, convenience stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary business, jewelry stores, clothing stores, household goods stores and any other business that offers the sale and display of merchandise. Food Establishment: Any establishment whose purpose ...view more to prepare and vend food and drink items. Grocery Store: Any establishment where more than fifty percent of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparations and consumption, and home are and personal care products. view less
Comply Date May 05, 2019
Ordinance Article 48
Updated October 02, 2019

Winchester

Status Approved
Status Date April 30, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words Recyclable and made from [at least] 40% post-consumer recycled content in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag: A sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and that is either (a) made of natural fibers such as cotton or linen; or (b) made of other durable material excluding polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride; and which also meets the following requirements: (a) Has a minimum lifetime capability of 175 uses; and can carry at least 25 pounds; (b) Is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected; and (c) Has a thickness greater than 4.0 mils
Stores Affected Retail Establishment: Any enterprise, whether for- or not-for-profit, including, but not limited to the following: restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, household goods stores and any other enterprise that offers the sale and display of merchandise.
Comply Date November 01, 2018
Ordinance Aritcle 2, Chapter 22
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Updated October 03, 2019

Winthrop

Status Approved
Status Date June 15, 2020
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • “Recyclable Paper Bag” means a paper bag that is (1) 100 percent recyclable; (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and (3) displays the words “Recyclable” and “made from 40% post-consumer recycled content” (or other applicable amount) in a visible manner on the outside of the bag
Reusable Definition “Reusable Bag” means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple use and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 3.0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected
“Retail Establishment” means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, or vendor that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials directly to a customer, whether for or not for profit, including but not limited to restaurants, pharmacies, convenience or grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household ...view more stores; however the term Retail Establishment does not include bazaars or festivals operated by nonprofit organizations or religious institutions. view less
Fees $0.05 per checkout bag
Comply Date July 01, 2020
Ordinance Reduction of Single Use plastic Checkout Bags
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Updated July 11, 2020

Woburn

Status Approved
Status Date April 11, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag: A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words Recyclable and made from [at least] 40% post-consumer recycled content in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition REUSABLE BAG - A bag specifically designed and manufactured for long term, multiple reuses made of cloth, fabric or other durable, washable materials.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment: Any enterprise, whether for- or not-for-profit, including, but not limited to the following: restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, household goods stores and any other enterprise that offers the sale and display of merchandise.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance Article IV
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Updated October 02, 2019

Worcester

Status Approved
Status Date September 17, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag that (1) is one-hundred percent recyclable; (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and (3) displays the words "Recyclable" and "made from 40% post-consumer recycled content" (or other applicable amount) in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 3.0 mils in thickness.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, or vendor that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials directly to a customer, whether for or not for profit, including but not limited to restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household ...view more stores; however the term retail establishment does not include bazaars or festivals operated by nonprofit organizations or religious institutions. view less
Comply Date September 01, 2020
Ordinance Chapter 8, 9D
Notes Date of comply delayed to 9/1/2020 due to Covid. In 2010 bill proposed for possible ban/fee. Under discussion.
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Updated August 18, 2020

Wrentham

Status Approved
Status Date June 01, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • RECYCLABLE PAPER BAG: A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post consumer recycled paper content and is provided free of charge to the customer.
Reusable Definition REUSABLE CHECK-OUT BAG: "Reusable Check-out bag" shall mean a sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that 1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; 2) is machine washable; and, 3) is either a) made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or b) made of durable, non-toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 4 mils thick.
Stores Affected RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT: Any retail space located in the town including without limitation a restaurant, food or ice cream truck, convenience store, retail pharmacy, or supermarket.
Comply Date January 02, 2020
Ordinance Title VII Article 7.70 section 4
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Updated March 27, 2020

Yarmouth

Status Approved
Status Date May 06, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Paper bags with or without handles provided at the point of sale to a customer of an Establishment for use to transport or carry away purchases, such as merchandise, goods or food, etc. and that (1) are one hundred percent (100%) recyclable, and (2) contain a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled paper content, and (3) have all the following information printed in a visible manner on the outside of the bag: the word recyclable the name and country of the manufacturer, and the percentage of postconsumer recycled paper content.
Reusable Definition A bag specifically designed and manufactured for long term, multiple reuses made of cloth, fabric or other durable, washable materials.
Stores Affected Any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including public eating establishments and take-out restaurants.
Comply Date May 01, 2018
Ordinance Article 31
Updated October 02, 2019

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