Wednesday, October 9, 2019

"Statewide plastic bag ban now before House committee"

From the Mass Municipal Association we find:
"Legislation that would ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags at all retail and food establishments is now before the House Committee on Ways and Means.

In July, the bill (H. 3945) was reported out of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, which made changes to a bill that was filed early this year.

The MMA testified in support of a statewide ban at the first hearing on the original bill in April, citing the precedent of more than 100 cities and towns that have already passed local bylaws or ordinances intended to curb the use of plastic bags. The MMA testimony noted that plastic bags get caught in machinery at recycling processing facilities, leading to breakdowns, delays and increased costs that are passed along to municipalities."
Continue reading the article online

The H.3945 bill can be found on the site

The FHS student proposal was before the Economic Development Subcommittee in August and as of that meeting was announced to be brought back for the Oct 23 EDC meeting. The Oct 23 meeting is not yet on the official Town of Franklin calendar.

A single-use plastic bag is caught on tall grasses in a field.
A single-use plastic bag is caught on tall grasses in a field.

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