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Posted on: June 15, 2021

Amendments to the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance in Framingham will take effect July 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 06/15/2021

 

For further information, contact:

Kelly McFalls

kmcfalls@framinghamma.gov

Tel (508) 532-5437

M (774) 285-1315

 

Amendments to the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance in Framingham will take effect July 5

 

Framingham, MA – To encourage the use of reusable bags, the City of Framingham will enact amendments to the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance (formerly a bylaw) on July 5.

The Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance was first passed in 2018 to eliminate single-use plastic bags with handles provided by retailers and grocery stores in Framingham. The current, original version of the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance can be found on the municipal website: https://www.framinghamma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/40992/Plastic-Bag-Reduction-Ordinance-Official-Original-1-19-21?bidId=

 

The Framingham City Council adopted amendments to the Ordinance that were scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2021, to address its weaknesses and further encourage reusable bags. However, due to challenges associated with the pandemic, the implementation of these changes was delayed until July 5.

 

The Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance amendments that will take effect July 5 include:

  • Incorporated under the term ‘single-use checkout bag,’ single-use plastic checkout bags will no longer be allowed to be offered at checkout at any retail store or grocery store in Framingham.
  • Reusable checkout bags and/or recyclable paper checkout bags will be available for purchase at stores for a fee of no less than $0.10 per bag. The store shall retain fees collected for checkout bags.
  • The definition of ‘reusable checkout bags’ has also been updated to ensure bags offered have many reuses.

Here are some suggestions to make your shopping experience easier:

  • Purchase reusable bags and use a reminder to make sure you grab your bags on your way into the store.
  • Designate different types of reusable bags for different items, i.e., produce, freezer, meat, dry goods, etc.
  • Keep a small reusable bag handy for impulse purchases.

You can review the entire Ordinance with amendments by visiting https://www.framinghamma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/40993/Plastic-Bag-Reduction-Ordinance-Unofficial-Amendments-1-19-21?bidId or ask questions at bagordinance@framinghamma.gov.

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