"With the green light given for reusable bags to return to stores, Franklin’s plastic bag ban is back on track and scheduled to take effect this fall.
The local ban, adopted by the Town Council early in the year, was originally slated to begin July 1. It was temporarily put on hold in late March after Gov. Charlie Baker issued an order disallowing use of carry-in, reusable shopping bags -- action taken to help prevent the possibility of spreading the virus.
Now that reusable bags have been cleared by the state to be used once again, Town Administrator Jamie Hellen said local stores can seek a three-month waiver from the town in order to give them time to prepare for the local plastic bag ban. The clock starts ticking on Aug. 1, making the Franklin bylaw officially effective on Nov. 1.
“A letter went out to licensees last week” alerting them to the re-start of the bylaw timeline, he said via email on Monday.Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
Approved in Feb 2020, halted by the pandemic the bag prohibition is now set for Nov 1.
Feb 2020 approval
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