Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance

Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance

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 (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.

  • The current, original version of the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance can be found here
  • The amended version of the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance that will become effective on July 5, 2021 can be found hereWhile the amendments to the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance are reflected in this document, please note that the amended version of the Plastic bag Reduction Ordinance is not official and is intended to be used by residents and local businesses to prepare for the upcoming changes. 

To summarize, the following primary changes to the Ordinance will become effective on July 5, 2021: 

  1. Incorporated under the term ‘single-use checkout bag’, all single-use plastic checkout bags will no longer be allowed to be offered for checkout at any retail store or grocery store in Framingham.
  2. Reusable checkout bags and/or recyclable paper checkout bags shall be available to customers for a fee of no less than $0.10 per bag. Fees collected for checkout bags shall be retained by the store.
  3. Reusable checkout bags offered at checkout must have (1) stitched handles, (2) be able to carry 25 pounds over distance of 300 feet, and (3) be capable of being washed or disinfected by hand or machine.

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.

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