The Plastic Bag Reduction Bylaw (PDF) takes effect on January 1, 2018. Under the bylaw, thin-film single-use plastic bags with handles are prohibited from being distributed at checkout. Thin-film plastic bags used to contain the following merchandise, typically without handles, are still permissible:
All retail establishments that provide a checkout bag to customers, such as grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, household good stores, and other retailers must comply with this bylaw. The bylaw does not affect restaurants. This bylaw seeks to reduce the number of plastic bags that are distributed and promotes the use of reusable checkout bags. This will help protect the marine environment, advance solid waste reduction, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and protect waterways. Framingham is proud to be one of 60 communities in Massachusetts have now passed laws to regulate plastic bags.