A deep dive on plastic bag bans

by Neil Rhein, Keep Massachusetts Beautiful, Nov. 8, 2019

Each year, it’s estimated that here in Massachusetts, consumers use over 2 billion plastic bags per year! Many end up as litter in our waterways, stuck in trees, or clogging storm drains. Most end up in incinerators or landfills, while some are actually recycled at retailers.

In the latest episode of Keeping Massachusetts Beautiful, our Youtube video series, we take a deep dive into plastic bag bans. As of this writing, more than 120 Massachusetts communities have passed plastic bag ordinances, covering more than 50% of our state’s population. The state legislature is considering a redrafted bill that would provide a consistent, state-wide ordinance. But many environmental advocates—including Keep Massachusetts Beautiful—oppose this bill. That’s because this redraft has some major changes from the original bill that would significantly weaken its effectiveness.

Joining the discussion are Claire Galkowski, Executive Director of the South Shore Recycling Cooperative and Alex Vai, volunteer vice chair for Surfrider Foundation’s Massachusetts chapter. 

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