Once it is passed into law, the bill will make Massachusetts the second state in the nation to limit the free distribution of plastic checkout bags, a major source of litter. The bill will significantly advance the goals of the Commonwealth’s Solid Waste Master Plan, and it will bring economic benefits to our state’s businesses, consumers, and taxpayers.(Click here for a fact sheet.)
To date, 81 cities and towns in our Commonwealth have passed laws to reduce plastic waste. One in three Massachusetts residents currently lives in a municipality that has chosen to reduce plastic bags, and many more local ordinances are in the works.
As representatives of environmental and community organizations in Massachusetts, we are in agreement that H.4234 will represent an environmental landmark, not just for the Commonwealth but also for the nation, and we are united in our support for the bill as it is currently written.
An Open Letter in Support of the Bag Bill
Over 200 Environmental and Community Groups
Support H.4234, An Act Reducing Plastic Bag Pollution
WORKING TOGETHER FOR JUST AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES