Last year, Mayor Marty Walsh officially signed the plastic bag ban ordinance banning single-use plastic shopping bags in the City of Boston.
So what does this mean? Well, it means, you’ll either need to be bring reusable bags when you go to the supermarket or you’ll be charged a nickel (minimum fee) for one.
Also, plastic bags less than 3 millimeters thick will be banned.
Just the Facts
The Plastic Bag Ban ordinance includes the following:
• A five cent minimum fee will be charged for bags provided at checkout; those bags must meet requirements of being reusable, recyclable or compostable.
• If retailers violate the ordinance more than once in a year, they can incur penalties of $50 for the first offense and $100 for each additional offense.
• If retailers feel like the new ordinance is a burden on them they can, under specific circumstances, receive a temporary exemption.
• If passed, the law would take effect one year later.
The ordinance describes the ban purpose “to reduce the use of disposable checkout bags by Retail Establishments in the City of Boston, curb litter on the streets, protect marine environment, waterways, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and solid waste, and to promote the use of Reusable Bags by Retail Establishments located in the City.”
The ordinance was sponsored by Councilors Matt O’Malley and Michelle Wu.