There are a number of decision points in crafting local legislation to ban plastic bags. First is the thickness of the bag. Some municipalities target bags over 1.5 mil thick; others target bags under 2.5, or 3.0, or even 4.0 mil thick. Another is to determine which businesses are impacted, all retail establishments, or just businesses over a certain size (i.e. big box and grocery stores). Many plastic bag bans also specify guidelines for paper bags. Although no municipality in Massachusetts currently charges a mandatory levy for bags, cities in other states have imposed a 5 or 10 cent fee per bag in lieu of a total ban. There are also the question of who will enforce the ban, and what fines will be levied for non-compliance. Municipalities in Massachusetts and elsewhere have addressed these matters differently. It is worth comparing legislation from several locations to determine what works best for your community.
Plastic Bag Laws in Massachusetts
Plastic Bag Legislation
Plastic Bag Regulations have been approved in
Cities and Towns in Massachusetts
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