Between 2015 and 2016, 23 states proposed bills to regulate plastic bags in retail settings, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. And last year, California voted in a statewide referendum to enact its plastic bag ban, marking the first statewide ban in the country.
Now, Boston is moving the dial on waste reduction by passing a law banning single-use bags in retail settings. The city is the 60th community within the state to pass a plastic bag ban.
The ban will go into effect in December 2018, giving residents and businesses plenty of time to prepare for the law’s implementation.
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Start hoarding plastic bags now, Boston, because it’s twilight for the ubiquitous vessels.
Despite expressing concerns about who will foot the bill, Mayor Marty Walsh signed a measure banning single-use bags in Boston, making the Hub the 60th community across the state to do so. In November, City Council voted unanimously in favor of the ban, which will result in a 5-cent fee for thicker bags at grocery, drug, and convenience stores.