Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance

image of bring your own bag banner

Amendments to the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance will take effect July 5, 2021. Please check this page for more updates as they become available and contact should you have any questions. 

The current Plastic Bag Reduction Bylaw (PDF) (now an ordinance) took effect on January 1, 2018. Under the ordinance, 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:

  • Bulk Foods
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meat
  • Newspapers
  • Produce
  • Wet Items

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 ordinance. The ordinance does not affect restaurants. This ordinance 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.

prior Resources for Businesses

prior Resources for Residents & Customers