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    Status Pending
    Ordinance H-3945 (resraft of H771)
    Notes On July 1, the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture released H.3945, a redraft of H.771, the bag bill seeking to ban plastic bags and place a 10-cent fee on paper bags. The bill allows for plastic bags thicker than 4mils to be considered reusable and does give retailers explicit permission to charge for paper bags but does not require it. The bill includes local preemption language that is different from the standard text usually in bag legislation. The bill was referred to the House Ways & Means Committee for further review and there are several remaining steps on the way to passage where the language could still be changed.
    Updated July 10, 2019
    Abingtontop
    Status Pending
    Updated July 10, 2019
    Actontop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/02/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary Means a paper bag that is (1) 100 percent recyclable including the handles; (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and (3) displays this information re recyclability and content on the bag surface
    Reusable Definition Means a sewn bag with stitched handles (1) made of cloth or natural fibers that is machine-washable and designed for multiple use or (2) made of plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride; (3) is durable, non-toxic and generally considered a foodgrade material that is more than 4 mils thick
    Stores Affected Means any business facility (whether for-profit or not-for-profit) that sells goods directly to the consumer, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, and seasonal or temporary businesses.
    Comply Date 01/01/2020
    Ordinance Article 32
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    Updated May 02, 2019
    Adamstop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 06/20/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.55 mil thick and Specific ID requirements.
    Reusable Definition REUSABLE BAG - A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple uses and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Comply Date 03/30/2017
    Ordinance Artilce 25 Chapter 102
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    Updated June 30, 2016
    Amesburgtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 03/14/2019
    Comply Date 09/15/2019
    Ordinance 2019-04
    Updated April 01, 2019
    Amesburytop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 03/14/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 mil
    Paper Summary Not defined
    Reusable Definition Not defined. The law is to eliminate thick/thin bags.
    Stores Affected
    "Retail establishment" is defined as any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, or vendor that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials directly to the customer including but not limited to convenience and grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, stores that sell wine, beer or spirits, seasonal and temporary businesses, gift and clothing ...view more and shops, gas stations, and household goods stores. view less
    Comply Date 10/01/2019
    Ordinance 2019-04
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    Updated October 16, 2019
    Amhersttop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/31/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 thick
    Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a bag that: 1) is 100% recyclable overall 2) contains a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content and 3) displays the words "Recyclable" or "Please Recycle" on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected Thin-film single-use plastic bags shall not be distributed, used, or sold for checkout or other purposes at any retail, retail food, or service retail establishments within the Town of Amherst.
    Comply Date 01/01/2017
    Ordinance Article 36
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    Updated June 30, 2016
    Andovertop
    Status Pending
    Status Date 05/01/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag" shall mean a paper bag, with or without handles that contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag 1) the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and 2) a label identifying the bags as being made from post-consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse that (i) can carry twenty five (25) pounds; (ii) is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected one hundred and twenty five (125) times; (iii) is made of either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other natural fiber material; and (iv) has a thickness of greater than four (4.0) millimeters.
    Stores Affected
    "Food Establishment" means an operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends, or otherwise provides food for human consumption, as further defined in 105 CMR 590.002. Any establishment requiring a permit to operate in accordance with the State Food Code, 105 CMR 590.000, et. seq., shall be considered a "Food Establishment" ...view more purposes of this ordinance. view less
    Comply Date 01/02/2019
    Ordinance Article 55
    Updated June 07, 2018
    Aquinnatop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 06/01/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick and Specific ID requirements.
    Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post?consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% post?consumer recycled content) and visibly displays both the word "recyclable" and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of polyester, polypropylene, washable fabric, or other durable material and, in the case of plastic bags, is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
    Stores Affected "Store" means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise.
    Comply Date 01/01/2017
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    Updated June 30, 2016
    Arlingtontop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/26/2017
    Plastic Summary 4.0 mils
    Paper Summary Recyclable Paper Bag: A paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40 percent post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words "Recyclable" and "made from [at least] 40% post-consumer recyclable content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag
    Reusable Definition Reusable Bag: A sewn bag with stitched handles that is: specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; manufactured from polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material excluding polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride; and which also meets the following requirements: (1) Can carry at least 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) Is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected at least 125 times; and (3) Is at least 4 millimeters thick.
    Stores Affected Any commercial enterprise, whether for or not-for-profit, including, but not limited to the following: restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, household goods stores and any other business that offers the sale and display of merchandise.
    Comply Date 03/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 9
    Updated May 30, 2017
    Ashlandtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 07/11/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mils
    Paper Summary RECYCLABLE PAPER BAGS - Paper bags with or without handles provided at the point of sak customer of an Establishment for use to transport or carry away purchases, such as merchan goods or food, etc. and that ( 1) are one hundred percent ( 100%) recyclable, and ( 2) coni; minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled paper content.
    Reusable Definition REUSABLE [ CHECKOUT] BAG: A bag, with stitched handles, that is 4.0 mils or thick( specifically designed for multiple uses and is made of cloth, fabric, or other durable, wash materials.
    Stores Affected ESTABLISHMENT - Any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the pL including public eating establishments and take-out restaurants.
    Comply Date 07/01/2018
    Ordinance Bill Article 15/Div 2 Part II Chapter 183
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    Updated April 02, 2018
    Atholtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 06/12/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag: A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected
    Grocery store: A retail establishment where more than fifty percent of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparation and consumption, which typically also offers home care and personal care products. Retail store: An establishment that offers the sale and display of merchandise ...view more a building. view less
    Comply Date 01/01/2018
    Ordinance Chapter XV
    Notes 6/19/2017 they submitted to the MA Attorney General for approval. The clerks office should have approval in September 2017.
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    Updated October 31, 2017
    Attleborotop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 01/09/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary "Recyclable paper bag" shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% postconsumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word “recyclable” or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable check-out bag" shall mean any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple, long-term reuse, made of: a. Cloth or other machine- or hand-washable fabric; or b. Other durable material, including plastic that is at least 4.0 mils thick.
    Stores Affected "Retail Establishment" shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
    Comply Date 10/01/2019
    Ordinance 7-11
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    Updated February 05, 2019
    Bar Harbortop
    Status Pending
    Updated January 02, 2019
    Barnstabletop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 09/15/2015
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Reusable Definition A bag specifically designed and manufactured for long-term multiple reuses made of cloth, fabric or other durable, washable materials.
    Stores Affected Any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including public eating establishments and take-out restaurants.
    Comply Date 09/03/2016
    Ordinance 2016-010/ Chapter 195
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    Updated December 05, 2015
    Beckettop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/11/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag: A bag, with stitched-on handles, capable of at least 175 uses; which can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet, and is made of plastic (greater than 4 Mil thick), cloth, fabric or other machine-washable materials.
    Stores Affected
    Grocery store: A retail establishment where more than fifty percent of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparation or consumption, which typically also offers home care and personal care products. iv. Retail store: An establishment that offers the sale and display of ...view more within a building. view less
    Comply Date 01/01/2020
    Ordinance Article 23- Article 17 Section 24
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    Updated July 10, 2019
    Bedfordtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 03/25/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.5 mil
    Reusable Definition "Reusable bag" means a bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected "Business establishment" means the following business uses as defined in Section 4.5 of the Bedford Zoning Bylaw: a retail store; supermarket and general department store; restaurant; and take out retail.
    Comply Date 10/01/2017
    Ordinance Article 59
    Updated May 30, 2017
    Belmonttop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/30/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% postconsumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
    Reusable Definition A sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected more than 125 times; (3) is either (a) made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen) or (b) made of durable, non-toxic plastic (other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride) that is generally considered a food-grade material and that is more than 4.0 mils thick.
    Stores Affected
    RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT- Any business facility that sells good directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary business jewelry stores, household goods stores, professional offices, food banks, farmers markets and any ...view more enterprise that offers the sale and display of merchandise view less
    Comply Date 11/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 7
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    Updated July 31, 2018
    Berlintop
    Status Pending
    Updated July 10, 2019
    Beverlytop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 06/20/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.1 mil
    Paper Summary A paper bag that is one-hundred-percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words "Recyclable" and "made from 40% post-consumer recyclable content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition A bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is greater than 4.0 mils in thickness.
    Stores Affected
    Any business or commercial enterprise or facility, whether for profit or not, that sells goods and/or services directly to the customer, including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, convenience stores, restaurants, retail stores, pop-up retail stores, and vendors selling clothing, food, and personal items, and dry-cleaning services. ...view more view less
    Comply Date 01/01/2019
    Ordinance #244 Article VI
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    Updated June 25, 2019
    Billericatop
    Status Pending
    Updated June 11, 2019
    Bostontop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 11/29/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 mil
    Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a paper bag that is (1) 100 percent recyclable; (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and (3) displays the words "Recyclable" and "made from 40% post-consumer recycled content" (or other applicable amount) in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 3.0 mils in thickness.
    Stores Affected
    "Retail Establishment" means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, or vendor that sell or provide merchandise, goods or materials directly to a customer, whether for or not for profit, including but not limited to restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household ...view more stores; however the term Retail Establishment does not include bazaars or festivals operated by nonprofit organizations or religious institutions. view less
    Fees $0.05 per reususable bag
    Comply Date 12/01/2018
    Ordinance Document 132, Chapter 17-19
    Notes The Boston Council unanimously approved a redrafted version of their bag ordinance. The new version permits distribution of only (1) reusable bags (polyester, cotton, or plastic at least 3 mils in thickness), (2) paper bags with at least 40 percent postconsumer recycled content, or (3) compostable plastic bags conforming to ASTM D6400. Retailers must charge at least 5 cents for any bags distributed with handles. The ordinance will now be sent to the Mayor, who has the power to veto.
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    Updated January 04, 2018
    Bournetop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 10/01/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 mil thick and Specific ID requirements
    Reusable Definition "Reusable bag" means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected "Establishment" means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including restaurants.
    Comply Date 01/01/2018
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated November 01, 2016
    Brewstertop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/13/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
    Reusable Definition A bag with stiched handles specifically designed for multiple reuse, and is made of (1) cloth or other machine washable fabric (2) Durable, non toxic plastic (other than polyethlene or poly vinyl chloride) that is 4.0 or thicker. (3) other durable material suited for resuse
    Stores Affected "Establishment" means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including restaurants.
    Comply Date 06/01/2020
    Ordinance Article 20
    Updated June 11, 2019
    Bridgewatertop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 03/08/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.55 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Reusable Definition A bag with handles specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable material
    Stores Affected
    "Retail Establishment" - any retail store with gross interior space of 3,000 square feet or more, exclusive of stockroom, office, storage and other space ancillary of a publicly accessible space intended to be frequented by consumers, or at least (3) locations under the same ownership or brand name within the ...view more of Bridgewater or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. view less
    Comply Date 09/08/2016
    Ordinance D-2015-007
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    Updated March 31, 2016
    Brooklinetop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 11/14/2012
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
    Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
    Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
    Stores Affected
    "Retail Establishment" any retail store that satifies at least one of the following requirements: (a) a retail space of 2500 square feet or larger or at least three (3) locations under the same name within theTown of Brookline that total 2500 square feet or more, or (B) a retail pharmacy ...view more t last two locations under the same ownership with in the Town of Brookline or (c) afull line self serve supermarket that had annual gross sales in excess of $1,000,000 during the previous tax year ad which sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods or nonfood items and some perishable items. view less
    Fees None
    Comply Date 12/01/2013
    Ordinance Article 8.xx
    Notes 11/14/2012 was approved, ordinance will be finalized in 30-90 days.
    Updated November 15, 2012
    Bucklandtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/19/2019
    Plastic Summary No plastic
    Paper Summary Not defined: but allowed because it falls under the compostable definition.
    Reusable Definition "Recyclable" means material that can be sorted, cleansed, and reconstituted using the city's available recycling collection programs for the purpose of using the altered form in the manufacture of a new product. Recycling does not include burning, incinerating, converting, or otherwise thermally destroying solid waste.
    Stores Affected "Retail food vendor" or "vendor" means any store, shop, sales outlet or other establishment, including a grocery store or a delicatessen, located within the town of Buckland, which provides prepared food.
    Fees $0.25 maximum for all bags that meet requirement
    Comply Date 01/20/2020
    Ordinance Article 19, Chapter XVI
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    Updated October 16, 2019
    Burlingtontop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/10/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 mil
    Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% postconsumer recycled content, and displays the words "Recyclable" and "made from 40% post- consumer recycled content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 3.0 mils in thickness.
    Stores Affected
    "Retail Establishment" means any commercial enterprise, defined as the following, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores; however, this does not include bazaars operated by nonprofit organizations or ...view more institutions. view less
    Comply Date 12/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 32
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    Updated October 01, 2018
    Cambridgetop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 03/15/2015
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Paper Summary Requirements: Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least forty percent post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words "recyclable" and "made from forty percent post-consumer recycled content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least three millimeters in thickness.
    Stores Affected
    Retail establishment means any commercial enterprise, defined as the following, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores; however, this does not include bazaars operated by nonprofit organizations or ...view more institutions. view less
    Fees $0.10 fee on reusable, paper, or compostable bag with handles provided at the point of sale
    Comply Date 03/15/2016
    Ordinance 1366
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    Updated August 27, 2015
    Cantontop
    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019
    Chilmarktop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/12/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick and Specific ID requirements.
    Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post?consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% post?consumer recycled content) and visibly displays both the word "recyclable" and the percentage of post?consumer recycled content.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of polyester, polypropylene, washable fabric, or other durable material and, in the case of plastic bags, is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
    Stores Affected "Store" means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise.
    Comply Date 01/01/2017
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    Updated April 26, 2016
    Cohassettop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/30/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% postconsumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post- consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag that is either a) made of cloth or other machine washable fabric: or b) made of plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is durable, non-toxic, and generally considered a food grade material, and is more than 4 mils. in thickness.
    Stores Affected "Store" means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take out food purveyors, and merchandise retailers.
    Comply Date 11/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 7
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    Updated June 07, 2018
    Concordtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/11/2015
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.55 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Reusable Definition A Reusable bag is a bag with handles specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable material.
    Stores Affected A retail estabilishmnet that offers the sale and display of merchandise within the building. And grocery store estabilishment where more than 50% of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home prepration.
    Fees None
    Comply Date 01/01/2016
    Ordinance Article 35
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    Updated August 27, 2015
    Daltontop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 06/27/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mils
    Paper Summary Recyclable Paper Bag: A Recyclable Paper Bag means a bag that is: (1) 100% recyclable
    Reusable Definition Reusable Shopping Bags: Sewn bags with stitched handles that (1) are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; (2) can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (3) can be readily washed , (4) if mad of plastic must be a minimum of 4.0 mils
    Stores Affected
    An establishments that offers the sale and display of merchandise within a building. Any retail estabilishment or non profit that provides goods, including food and or beverages, and/or services dorectly to the consumer, with or withour charge, sporadic, temporary, part or full time, commercial, religious, educational, foundation related or governmental ...view more on private, public relegious, goveerment or school property. "Retail Establishment" shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumers including, but not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, liqour stores, mini marts, restuarants or retail storesand vendors selling clothes. view less
    Comply Date 08/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 15
    Notes 10/19/2017 Still waiting on the Attorney General for final approval. Will not review until after July 4th. This issue was brought to council by a signed petiton of residents.
    Updated July 31, 2018
    Danverstop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/21/2018
    Paper Summary Recyclable Paper Bag: A Recyclable Paper Bag means a bag that is: (1) 100% recyclable; and (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content.
    Reusable Definition Reusable Shopping Bags: Sewn bags with stitched handles that (1) are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; (2) can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (3) can hold a minimum of 15 liters; (4) can be readily washed or disinfected by hand or machine; and, (5) are made of thick cloth, fabric or other duarable material
    Stores Affected
    An establishments that offers the sale and display of merchandise within a building. Any retail estabilishment or non profit that provides goods, including food and or beverages, and/or services dorectly to the consumer, with or withour charge, sporadic, temporary, part or full time, commercial, religious, educational, foundation related or governmental ...view more on private, public relegious, goveerment or school property. "Retail Establishment" shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumers including, but not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, liqour stores, mini marts, restuarants or retail storesand vendors selling clothes. view less
    Comply Date 06/01/2019
    Ordinance Article 16
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    Updated June 07, 2018
    Dartmouthtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 06/05/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 1.0 mil
    Stores Affected Retailer, wholesaler or restaurant location at which merchandise is sold directly to customers
    Comply Date 06/05/2019
    Ordinance Bill Article 15
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    Updated July 31, 2018
    Dedhamtop
    Status Pending
    Updated May 02, 2019
    Dennistop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 10/01/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.5 mil thick and Specific ID requirements
    Reusable Definition "Reusable bag" means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected "Establishment" means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including restaurants.
    Comply Date 01/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 17
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    Updated November 01, 2016
    Dovertop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/19/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mil thick
    Reusable Definition Reusable Checkout Bag: a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric, or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected Retail stores or restaurants
    Comply Date 01/20/2020
    Ordinance Article 25
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    Updated October 16, 2019
    Duxburytop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 03/03/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Paper Summary Recyclable Paper Bag: A Recyclable Paper Bag means a bag that is: (1) 100% recyclable; and (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content.
    Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag: A Reusable Carryout Bag means one that satisfies all of the following requirements: 1. It is made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, other washable material; or of a non-toxic plastic (as defined by applicable state and federal regulations) that is no less than 3 mils thick; and 2. It is specifically designed for reuse.
    Stores Affected An Establishment means any business selling goods, articles, or personal services to the public, including but not limited to restaurants.
    Ordinance Article 42
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    Updated March 13, 2017
    Easthamtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/06/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary None given
    Reusable Definition Reusable Bag: a bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of cloth or other durable material.
    Stores Affected Food and Retail Establishment: any business selling goods, food, or services to the public, including but not limited to: markets; restaurants; bars; take-out food purveyors; and merchandise retailers.
    Comply Date 11/01/2020
    Ordinance Article 35
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    Updated June 11, 2019
    Edgartowntop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/12/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick and Specific ID requirements.
    Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content) and visibly displays both the word "recyclable" and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of polyester, polypropylene, washable fabric, or other durable material and, in the case of plastic bags, is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
    Stores Affected "Store" means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take?out food purveyors, and merchandise.
    Comply Date 01/01/2017
    Ordinance Article 19
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated April 22, 2016
    Falmouthtop
    Status Pending
    Status Date 11/01/2014
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable bag" means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected "Establishment" means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including take-out restaurants.
    Comply Date 03/01/2016
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated April 12, 2015
    Framinghamtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/05/2016
    Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag: A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected
    Grocery Store: A retail establishment where more than fifty percent (50%) of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparation and consumption, which typically also offers home care and personal care products. Retail Store: An establishment that offers the sale and display ...view more merchandise within a building. view less
    Fees None
    Comply Date 01/01/2017
    Ordinance Article 42
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated June 01, 2016
    Franklintop
    Status Pending
    Updated March 05, 2017
    Georgetowntop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/01/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mil
    Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected "Establishment" means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including restaurants.
    Comply Date 05/01/2019
    Ordinance Article 19
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated April 01, 2019
    Gloucestertop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 11/14/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick
    Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag", a paper bag that meets all of the following requirements: (1) is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall and contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled material; and (2) is capable of composting, consistent with the timeline and specifications of the ASTM Standard D6400.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable checkout bag", a sewn bag with stitched handles that is either (a) made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; or (b) made of plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is durable, non-toxic, and generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 2.25 mils thick.
    Stores Affected "Retail establishment", any commercial business facility that sells goods and/or services directly to the consumer including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, convenient stores, restaurants and retail stores selling clothing, food and personal items, and dry cleaning services.
    Comply Date 01/01/2019
    Ordinance 2017-208
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated April 02, 2018
    Graftontop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/08/2017
    Paper Summary A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content.
    Reusable Definition 1) Is made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, other washable material or of non-toxic plastic. 2) Is specifically designed for multiple reuse and has handles.
    Stores Affected An establishment means any business selling goods, articles, or personal services to the public, including restaurants with a gross interior space of 3000 square feet or larger; or business having at least 2 locations under the same ownership or brand name within the Town of Grafton.
    Comply Date 07/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 37
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated May 30, 2017
    Great Barringtontop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 01/01/2013
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.55 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Reusable Definition A Reusable bag is a bag with handles specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable material.
    Stores Affected Retail establishments- no formal definition provided
    Comply Date 07/01/2013
    Ordinance Chapter 211
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated August 27, 2015
    Greenfieldtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 01/16/2019
    Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable, including any handles, and that contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content material, and displays language to this effect in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag with handles that is manufactured of cotton, polyester, nylon or a similarly durable material but not polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride. Such Reusable Bags must be designed to be reused at least 125 times, and to be washed and sanitized between uses.
    Stores Affected
    "Retail Establishment" means any commercial enterprise, defined as the following, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, including, but not limited to pharmacies, convenience stores, grocery stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores. However, this does not include restaurants drawing more than 80% of revenue from the sale of ...view more food, liquor stores, bazaars operated by nonprofit organizations or religious institutions. Food pantries, soup kitchens, and other governmental and not-for-profit agencies that distribute food or other products to the needy free of charge are not included in this category, and are exempt from the terms of this ordinance. view less
    Fees $0.05 per paper bag
    Comply Date 01/16/2020
    Ordinance FY-109-072
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated February 28, 2019
    Halifaxtop
    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019
    Hamiltontop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/11/2015
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Reusable Definition Reusable Bag shall mean a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and is either: (1) made of cloth or other washable fabric; or (2) made of durable plastic 3 mil in thickness; or (3) of some other durable non-toxic material.
    Stores Affected Retail establishment" shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, "mini-marts," and retail stores and vendors selling clothing, food, and household or personal items.
    Comply Date 07/27/2016
    Ordinance Chapter XXXV
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated December 20, 2015
    Hansontop
    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019
    Harwichtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/04/2015
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.5 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Reusable Definition "Reusable bag" means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected "Establishment" means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including take out restaurants.
    Comply Date 05/04/2016
    Ordinance Article 40
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated August 27, 2015
    Haverhilltop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 08/07/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick and Specific ID requirements.
    Paper Summary A paper bag that is: One-hundred-percent recyclable, including the handles; Contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and Displays the words "recyclable" and "made from 40% post-consumer recycled content" (or other applicable amount) in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
    Stores Affected
    Any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, or vendor that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials directly to a customer, whether for or not for profit, including but not limited to restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores; however, ...view more term "retail establishment," as used herein, does not include bazaars or festivals operated by nonprofit organizations or religious institutions, outdoor farmer's markets, or any establishments with an interior finished floor area under 3,000 square feet. view less
    Fees $0.05 per reususable bag
    Comply Date 11/01/2018
    Ordinance 173-10
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated November 13, 2018
    Hinghamtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 02/19/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Paper Summary Recycled Paper Bag means a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post- consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post- consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag that is either (1) made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, or (2) made of plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is durable, non-toxic, and generally considered a food grade material, and is more than 4 mils in thickness.
    Stores Affected "Store" means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including but not limited to: convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise retailers.
    Comply Date 11/01/2019
    Ordinance Article 44
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated June 11, 2019
    Hopkintontop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/01/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.5 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Paper Summary RECYCLABLE PAPER BAG A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable bag" means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected
    Grocery Store: A retail establishment where more than fifty percent (50 %) of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparation and consumption, which typically also offers home care and personal care products. Retail Store: An establishment that offers the sale and display ...view more merchandise within a building. view less
    Comply Date 01/01/2019
    Ordinance Chapter 111, section 31, #18
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated June 07, 2018
    Hudsontop
    Status Pending
    Updated May 02, 2019
    Hulltop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/04/2019
    Paper Summary RECYCLABLE PAPER BAG: A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content and is provided free of charge to the customer.
    Reusable Definition REUSABLE CARRYOUT BAG: A bag with stitched on handles that is made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, or other washable material and is specifically designed for multiple reuse. These bags are generally sold to the customer for a reasonable cost
    Stores Affected ESTABLISHMENT: Any establishment includes businesses selling or distributing food, goods, articles, or personal services to the public
    Comply Date 01/01/2020
    Ordinance Article 30-32
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated June 11, 2019
    Ipswichtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/12/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Reusable Definition "Reusable bag" shall mean a bag that is specifically designed for multiple uses and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected "Retail establishment" shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to consumers including, but not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, "mini marts", or retail stores and vendors selling clothing, food, household or personal items.
    Comply Date 05/01/2017
    Ordinance Article 12
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated June 01, 2016
    Leetop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 06/01/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick and Specific ID requirements.
    Paper Summary Paper bags with or without handles provided at the checkout stand, cash register, point of sale, or other point of departure for the purpose of transporting food or merchandise from the Establishment and that (1) are one-hundred percent (100%) recyclable, and (2) contain a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled paper content.
    Reusable Definition Reusable Shopping Bags: Sewn bags with stitched handles that (1) are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; (2) can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (3) can hold a minimum of 15 liters; (4) can be readily washed or disinfected by hand or machine; and, (5) are made of either (a) natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) durable, non-toxic plastic other than Polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material and is more than 4 mils thick. The following information must be printed in a visible manner on the outside of the bags or on permanent tags: the name of the manufacturer; the country of manufacture; a true statement that the bag does not contain lead, cadmium, or other heavy metals in toxic amounts; the percent of post-consumer recycled material used in the bag, if any; and a statement recommending regular cleaning or disinfection.
    Stores Affected
    Establishment: Any operation that provides goods - including food and/or beverages - and/or services directly to consumers, with or without charge; sporadic, temporary, part- or full-time; commercial, non-profit, religious, educational, foundation-related, or governmental; whether on private, public, religious, or school property. Examples include, without limitation, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, ...view more stores, restaurants, retail stores, farmers' markets, school or church fund-raising activities, or other events. view less
    Comply Date 06/01/2017
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated August 28, 2018
    Lenoxtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 06/01/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick
    Paper Summary Paper bags with or without handles provided at the checkout stand, cash register, point of sale, or other point of departure for the purpose of transporting food or merchandise from the Establishment and that (1) are one-hundred percent (100%) recyclable, and (2) contain a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled paper content.
    Reusable Definition Reusable Shopping Bags: Sewn bags with stitched handles that (1) are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; (2) can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) can hold a minimum of 15 liters; (3) can be readily washed or disinfected by hand or machine; and, (4) are made of either (a) natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) durable, non-toxic plastic other than Polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material and is more than 4 mils thick. The following information must be printed in a visible manner on the outside of the bags or on permanent tags: the name of the manufacturer; the country of manufacture; a true statement that the bag does not contain lead, cadmium, or other heavy metals in toxic amounts; the percent of post-consumer recycled material used in the bag, if any; and a statement recommending regular cleaning or disinfection.
    Stores Affected
    Establishment: Any operation that provides goods - including food and/or beverages - and/or services directly to consumers, with or without charge; sporadic, temporary, part- or full-time; commercial, non-profit, religious, educational, foundation-related, or governmental; whether on private, public, religious, or school property. Examples include, without limitation, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, ...view more stores, restaurants, retail stores, farmers' markets, school or church fund-raising activities, or other events. view less
    Comply Date 06/01/2017
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated August 28, 2018
    Lexingtontop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/26/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirments: 2.5 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag: A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials excluding polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride.
    Stores Affected
    Grocery Store: A retail establishment where more than fifty percent (50%) of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparation and consumption, which typically also offers home care and personal care products. Retail Store: An establishment that offers the sale and display of ...view more within a building view less
    Comply Date 07/01/2019
    Ordinance Article 33, Chapter 81
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated June 07, 2018
    Lincolntop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 03/26/2018
    Paper Summary "Recyclable paper bag" shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post- consumer recycled content and the percentage of postconsumer recycled content in the bag.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Check-out bag" shall mean a sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) is machine washable; and, (3) is either (a) made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) made of durable, non-toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 4 mils thick.
    Stores Affected "Retail Establishment" shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
    Comply Date 01/19/2019
    Ordinance Article XXIX
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated July 31, 2018
    Longmeadowtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 10/17/2018
    Paper Summary Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag that is: 1. 100 percent recyclable including the handles; 2. contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and 3. displays the words "recyclable" and "made from 40% post-consumer recycled content" (or other applicable amount) in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition Reusable grocery bag means a sewn bag with stitched handles that is (i) specifically designed and manufactured for at least 175 uses; (ii) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; and (iii) is made of cloth or other machine-washable fabric other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride.
    Stores Affected
    Store means a retail establishment store, person, corporation, partnership, business venture, or vendor that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials directly to a customer, whether for or not for profit, including but not limited to restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, farmers' markets, ...view more markets, jewelry stores, and household goods stores view less
    Comply Date 04/22/2019
    Ordinance Article 11 (Article 2, Chapter 500, Section 2-516)
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated December 03, 2018
    Lowelltop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/29/2018
    Paper Summary Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag is recyclable.
    Reusable Definition A reusable checkout bag shall be a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple use. Preferably made of natural fibers.
    Stores Affected Establishment shall mean any business or vendor that sells or provides food, merchandise, goods, or personal services to the public, and is 3,000 sq. ft. or greater.
    Comply Date 01/01/2019
    Ordinance 270-l4
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated July 31, 2018
    Lunenbergtop
    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019
    Lynntop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/01/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick
    Paper Summary Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable, including any handles, and that contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content material, and displays language to this effect in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, and meets the following requirements: 1. Has a minimum lifetime capability of 125 or more uses carrying 22 or more pounds; and 2. Is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected 125 times. 3. Has a thickness of greater than four mil.
    Stores Affected Retail establishment means any commercial enterprise, defined as the following: whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores.
    Comply Date 09/01/2019
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated June 11, 2019
    Maldentop
    Status Approved
    Comply Date 01/01/2020
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated June 11, 2019
    Manchestertop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 07/01/2005
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.5 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Reusable Definition "Reusable bag" means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected Retail establishments- no formal definition provided
    Comply Date 07/01/2013
    Ordinance Section 42
    Updated August 27, 2015
    Mansfieldtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/12/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4 mils
    Paper Summary "Recyclable paper bag" shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Check-out bag" shall mean a sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) is machine washable; and, (3) is either (a) made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) made of durable, non-toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 4 mils thick
    Stores Affected "Retail Establishment" shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
    Fees None
    Comply Date 11/01/2018
    Ordinance Article III, Chapter 180
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    Updated September 05, 2018
    Marbleheadtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/15/2014
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 thick and Specific ID requirements.
    Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
    Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 3.0 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
    Stores Affected "Retail Establishment" any commercial business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer including but not limited to grocery store, pharmacies, liquor stores, mini marts ad retail stores and vendors selling clothing, food and personal items.
    Comply Date 05/15/2015
    Ordinance 157
    Notes Approved in meeting on 5/8/2014, however, still needs signature. This can take between 30-120 days for final approval and signature.
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    Link to more information
    Updated January 29, 2015
    Marshfieldtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/17/2018
    Paper Summary RECYCLABLE PAPER BAG: A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post - consumer recycled paper content and is provided free of charge to the customer.
    Reusable Definition REUSABLE CARRYOUT BAG: A bag with stitched on handles that is made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, or other washable material and is specifically designed for multiple reuse. These bags are generally sold to the customer for a reasonable cost.
    Stores Affected ESTABLISHMENT: An establishment means any business selling food, good, articles, or personal services to the public.
    Comply Date 01/01/2019
    Ordinance Article 34
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    Updated July 31, 2018
    Mashpeetop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 10/01/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick
    Reusable Definition Reusable Bag - A bag with handles specifically designed for multiple reuse; and is either: 1. Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; or 2. Made of durable, non-toxic plastic generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 4
    Stores Affected Establishment - Any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including but not limited to markets, merchandise retailers, food purveyors, public eating establishments and take-out restaurants.
    Comply Date 01/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 26
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    Updated November 01, 2016
    Medfordtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 01/08/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick
    Paper Summary No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
    Reusable Definition REUSABLE BAG — A sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse that: 1) Can carry 25 pounds; 2) Is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected 125 times; 3) Is made of either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other natural fiber material; and 4) Has a thickness of greater than 4. 0 mils.
    Stores Affected
    RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT — Any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, or vendor that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials directly to the customer, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, stores that sell wine, beer or spirits, seasonal and temporary ...view more jewelry stores and household goods stores. view less
    Comply Date 07/08/2019
    Ordinance #833
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    Updated February 28, 2019
    Medifieldtop
    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019
    Melrosetop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 12/19/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick
    Paper Summary Requirements: 1) Is 100% recyclable, including the handles; 2) Contains at least 40% post -consumer recycled paper content; and 3) Displays the words "Recyclable" and "made from 40% post -consumer recycled content" or greater amount) in a visible manner on the outside ofthe bag.
    Reusable Definition A sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse that: 1) Can carry 25 pounds; 2) Is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected 125 times; 3) Is made of either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other natural fiber material; and 4) Has a thickness of greater than 4. 0 mils.
    Stores Affected
    Any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, or vendor that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials directly to the customer, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, stores that sell wine, beer or spirits, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores ...view more household goods stores view less
    Comply Date 07/01/2018
    More Information Link to more information
    Updated March 02, 2018
    Miltontop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 11/01/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mils thick
    Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag" shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Check-Out Bag" shall mean a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that is either (a) made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) made of durable, non-toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 4 mils thick.
    Stores Affected
    "Retail Establishment" shall mean any person, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, vendor or business facility that sells goods, articles, food or personal services directly to the consumer whether for profit or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores and ...view more and temporary businesses. view less
    Comply Date 09/14/2019
    Ordinance Article 12
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    Updated October 16, 2019
    Naticktop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 02/15/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.0 mil
    Reusable Definition "Reusable bag" means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected Retail establishment means any commercial enterprise, defined as the following: whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores, including food service establishments.
    Comply Date 08/01/2017
    Ordinance Chapter 27
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    Updated March 15, 2017
    Newburyporttop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 10/01/2014
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 mil
    Reusable Definition A bag that is specifically designed and intended for multiple use and is made of lastic with a thickness greater than 3.00 mil. thick Has a or fabric or other durable material.
    Stores Affected A "Retail Establishment" shall mean an establishment engaged in any "Business" or "Marine" uses regulated under Section V (use regulations) of Appendix A (Zoning Ordinance) of the code of the City of Newburyport, MA.
    Fees None
    Comply Date 03/29/2015
    Ordinance None
    Notes 12/12/2014 The City's ban on single-use, thin-film plastic bags was codified on October 1, 2014. The ordinance gives the City 3 months to issue regulations and another 3 months to implement. Based on that timeline, draft regulations are planned to be reviewed by the Board of Health in December. Implementation will become effective on March 29, 2015. To give the business community ample time to plan for this change. On 4/1/2014 the city introduced an ordinance banning thin plastic bags. It has currently been sent to committee for further review.
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    Updated December 12, 2014
    Newtontop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 01/20/2015
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 mil
    Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 3.0 millimeters in thickness.
    Stores Affected
    "Retail Establishment" means any commercial entity with retail space 3500 square feet or bigger or at least tow locations under the same name within the City of Newtown with retail space that totals 3500 square feet or larger whether or not for profit, including, but not limited to retail stores, ...view more pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses. view less
    Comply Date 06/15/2015
    Notes As of 1/28/2015 still on the Mayers desk.
    Updated January 28, 2015
    North Attleboroughtop
    Status Pending
    Updated July 10, 2019
    North Hamptontop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/16/2015
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 mil
    Reusable Definition Bags that have a thickness greater than 3.0 mils and are specifically designed for multiple use and are made of thick recyclable plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials that do not decompose into harmful chemical components. A reusable bag may be recyclable or compostable and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.
    Stores Affected
    Retail Establishments: All sales outlets, stores, shops, pharmacies or other places of business located within the City of Northampton which sell or convey merchandise directly to the ultimate consumer. Retail Food Establishments. All sales outlets, stores, shops, restaurants, markets, supermarkets, clubs or other places of business which sell, serve ...view more convey foods directly to the ultimate consumer. This definition shall include but is not limited to any place where food is prepared, mixed, cooked, baked, smoked, preserved, bottled, packaged, handled, stored, manufactured, sold or offered to the public; similar places in which food or drink is prepared for sale or service on the premises or elsewhere; and any other establishment or operation, including in-home caterers, where food is processed, prepared, stored, served or provided for the public, regardless of whether there is a charge for the food. Retail Service Establishments. view less
    Comply Date 01/01/2016
    Ordinance 272-18
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    Updated August 27, 2015
    Northboroughtop
    Status Approved
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a paper bag that is (1) 100 percent recyclable including the handles; (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and, (3) displays the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable checkout bag", a sewn bag with handles, that is designed for multiple reuse and can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet. It can be either made of cloth fabric, durable plastic (more than 4 mils thick), or other durable material
    Stores Affected Retail establishment, any retail space located in the Town of Northborough including without limitation a restaurant, food or ice cream truck, convenience store, merchandise vendor, farm market, or supermarket
    Comply Date 01/01/2020
    Ordinance Article 41
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    Updated June 11, 2019
    Norwelltop
    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019
    Oak Bluffstop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 07/18/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mils
    Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content) and visibly displays both the word "recyclable" and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of polyester, polypropylene, washable fabric, or other durable material and, in the case of plastic bags, is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
    Stores Affected "Store" means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise retailers.
    Comply Date 01/01/2018
    Notes 10/27/2017 still not signed.
    Updated July 31, 2018
    Orleanstop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/07/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.5 mil
    Reusable Definition Reusable Bag: a bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of cloth or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected Food and Retail Establishment: any business selling goods, food, or services to the public, including but not limited to: markets; restaurants; bars; take-out food purveyors; and merchandise retailers.
    Comply Date 05/01/2019
    Ordinance Article 36, Chapter 95
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    Updated June 07, 2018
    Pembroketop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 02/11/2019
    Paper Summary A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content and is provided free of charge to the customer.
    Reusable Definition A bag with stitched on handles that is made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, or other washable material and is specifically designed for multiple reuse. These bags are generally sold to the customer for a reasonable cost.
    Stores Affected Any commercial establishment includes businesses selling food, goods, articles, or personal services to the public.
    Comply Date 08/11/2019
    Ordinance Aricle XXIII
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    Updated April 01, 2019
    Pittsburgtop
    Status Pending
    Updated August 27, 2015
    Pittsfieldtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/01/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 mil thick
    Paper Summary Shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post -consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag ( 1) the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable; and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
    Reusable Definition Means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 3. 0 mils in thickness.
    Stores Affected Shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
    Fees Check out bag: $0.05
    Comply Date 01/01/2020
    Ordinance Chapter 8 (#1215)
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    Updated May 02, 2019
    Plainvilletop
    Status Pending
    Updated July 10, 2019
    Plymouthtop
    Status Approved
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 mil thick
    Paper Summary A paper bag that [1] is 100% recyclable and [2] contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content.
    Reusable Definition A Reusable Carryout meets all of the following requirements: [1] Is made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, other washable material; or of a non-toxic plastic as defined by applicable state and federal regulations that is no less than 3 mls thick and has the word "Reusable" or "Reuse" printed on the outside of the bag in a visible manner. [2] Is specifically designed for multiple reuse and has handles.
    Stores Affected An Establishment means any business selling goods, articles, or personal services to the public, including restaurants, with a gross interior space of 3000 square feet or larger; or has at least two (2) locations under the same ownership or brand name within the Town of Plymouth.
    Comply Date 01/01/2018
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    Updated November 01, 2016
    Provincetowntop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 11/17/2014
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 1.5 Mils thick
    Reusable Definition A "reusable bag" is defined as a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either: (1) Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; (2) Made of durable plastic that is at least 1.5 mils thick; or (3) Other durable material suitable for reuse.
    Stores Affected An "Establishment" means any business in Provincetown selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including but not limited to markets, restaurants, bars, take-out food purveyors, merchandise retailers, florists and galleries.
    Comply Date 04/15/2015
    Ordinance General Bylaw- Article 8 sections 13-6 thru 13-6-4
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    Updated November 01, 2014
    Readingtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 11/16/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 mil thick
    Paper Summary Recyclable Paper Bag a paper bag that is: (1) 100 percent recyclable; and (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content and is clearly labeled as such.
    Reusable Definition Single-Use Plastic Checkout Bags any plastic Checkout bag less than 3 mils thick.
    Stores Affected Retail Establishment any commercial enterprise including, but not limited to the following: restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, household goods stores and any other business that offers the sale and display of merchandise.
    Comply Date 09/15/2018
    Ordinance General Bylaw- Article 8 sections 13
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    Updated April 02, 2018
    Rockporttop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 09/21/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary A paper bag that meets all of the following requirements: (1) is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall and contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) post-consumer recycled material; (2) is capable of composting, consistent with the timeline and specifications of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D6400 Standard
    Reusable Definition A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric, or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected Any commercial business facility that sells goods and/or services to the public including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, bars, restaurants, markets, liquor stores, retail stores, and convenience stores
    Comply Date 03/19/2019
    Ordinance Article O (11) amending Ch 14 adding Section F, subsection 1
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    Updated November 13, 2018
    Salemtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 02/28/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and is either polyethlene, polyester, cotton or other durable material. and meets the following requirements: (1) has a minimum life capacity of over 125 times and can comfortably carry 25 pounds; machine washable fabric; and has a thickness greater than 4.0 millimeters.
    Stores Affected "Retail Establishment" any commercial business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer including but not limited to grocery store, pharmacies, liquor stores, mini marts ad retail stores and vendors selling clothing, food and personal items.
    Comply Date 01/01/2018
    Ordinance Chapter 14
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    Updated March 15, 2017
    Sandwichtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 01/28/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick
    Reusable Definition Reusable Shopping Bags: Sewn bags with stitched handles that (1) are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; (2) can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) can hold a minimum of 15 liters; (3) can be readily washed or disinfected by hand or machine; and, (4) are made of either (a) natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) durable, non-toxic plastic other than Polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material and is more than 4 mils thick.
    Stores Affected
    Establishment: Any operation that provides goods - including food and/or beverages - and/or services directly to consumers, with or without charge; sporadic, temporary, part- or full-time; commercial, non-profit, religious, educational, foundation-related, or governmental; whether on private, public, religious, or school property. Examples include, without limitation, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, ...view more stores, restaurants, retail stores, farmers’ markets, school or church fund-raising activities, or other events. view less
    Comply Date 11/28/2017
    Updated March 15, 2017
    Saugustop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/06/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words "recyclable" and "made from 40% post-consumer recycled content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bags means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
    Stores Affected
    Grocery Store means a retail establishment where more than fifty percent (50%) of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparation and consumption, which typically also offers home care and personal care products. Retail Store means any business facility that sells goods directly ...view more the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses view less
    Ordinance Article 15
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    Updated June 11, 2019
    Scituatetop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 11/15/2018
    Paper Summary Recyclable and contains at least 40% post?consumer recycled content
    Reusable Definition Reusable Check out bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse (minimum of 175 times) and that is washable material made of natural fibers such as cotton or linen or made of durable, non toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food grade material
    Stores Affected Store means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take?out food purveyors, and merchandise.
    Comply Date 03/01/2019
    Ordinance 32070
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    Updated April 01, 2019
    Sharontop
    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019
    Shrewsburytop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/19/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick
    Paper Summary Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40 percent post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words "Recyclable" and "made from 40% post-consumer recyclable content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag with sewn handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; made of cloth or other washable fabric; or durable plastic that is at least 4.0 millimeters in thickness.
    Stores Affected Retail Establishment is any retail space in the Town of Shrewbury, including without limitations, restruarants, food or ice cream truck, convenience store, retail pharmacy or grocery stores.
    Comply Date 07/01/2017
    Ordinance Artcile 8B
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    Updated June 01, 2016
    South Hadleytop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/11/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick
    Paper Summary (1) Bags that contain no polymers derived from fossil fuels; and (2) Are intended for single use and will decompose in a natural setting to an environmentally beneficial material at a rate comparable to other biodegradable materials such as paper, leaves, and food waste.
    Reusable Definition (1) Bags that have a thickness greater than 4.0 mils and are specifically designed for multiple use and are made of thick recyclable plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials that do not decompose into harmful chemical components. A reusable bag may be recyclable or compostable and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.
    Stores Affected All places of business located within the Town of South Hadley where a service, specialized or professional work is offered to the public, regardless of whether there is a charge for the service.
    Comply Date 07/01/2018
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    Updated May 31, 2017
    Southbridgetop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/09/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.5 mil
    Stores Affected No vendors in Southbridge
    Comply Date 11/09/2019
    Ordinance Chapter 5
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    Updated June 11, 2019
    Springfieldtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/23/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick
    Paper Summary Means a paper bag that is (1) 100 percent recyclable including the handles; (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and, (3) displays the words "recyclable" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition A sewn bag with stitched handles that (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) is either (a) made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; or (b) made of plastic other than polyethylene (HDPE, LDPE, PETE, etc.) or polyvinyl chloride that is durable, non-toxic, and generally considered a foodgrade material that is more than 4 mils thick.
    Stores Affected Any retail space located in the City including without limitation a restaurant, food or ice cream truck, convenience store, retail pharmacy, or supermarket.
    Comply Date 06/01/2020
    Ordinance 2018-17
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    Updated May 02, 2019
    Stockbridgetop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/29/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick and Specific ID requirements.
    Paper Summary Paper bags with or without handles provided at the checkout stand, cash register, point of sale, or other point of departure for the purpose of transporting food or merchandise from the Establishment and that (1) are one-hundred percent (100%) recyclable, and (2) contain a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled paper content.
    Reusable Definition Reusable Shopping Bags: Sewn bags with stitched handles that (1) are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; (2) can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (3) can hold a minimum of 15 liters; (4) can be readily washed or disinfected by hand or machine; and, (5) are made of either (a) natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) durable, non-toxic plastic other than Polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material and is more than 4 mils thick. The following information must be printed in a visible manner on the outside of the bags or on permanent tags: the name of the manufacturer; the country of manufacture; a true statement that the bag does not contain lead, cadmium, or other heavy metals in toxic amounts; the percent of post-consumer recycled material used in the bag, if any; and a statement recommending regular cleaning or disinfection.
    Stores Affected
    Establishment: Any operation that provides goods - including food and/or beverages - and/or services directly to consumers, with or without charge; sporadic, temporary, part- or full-time; commercial, non-profit, religious, educational, foundation-related, or governmental; whether on private, public, religious, or school property. Examples include, without limitation, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, ...view more stores, restaurants, retail stores, farmers' markets, school or church fund-raising activities, or other events. view less
    Comply Date 01/02/2019
    Ordinance Tri Town Board- Thin Film Plastic Bag Intiative
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    Updated April 01, 2019
    Sturbridgetop
    Status Failed
    Notes 2008 failed
    Updated April 20, 2012
    Sudburytop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/01/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary "Recyclable paper bag" shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post- consumer recycled content and the percentage of postconsumer recycled content in the bag.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Check-out bag" shall mean a sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) is machine washable; and, (3) is either (a) made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) made of durable, non-toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 4 mils thick.
    Stores Affected "Retail Establishment" shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
    Comply Date 01/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 35
    Updated May 31, 2017
    Swampscotttop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/22/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.5 mil
    Reusable Definition "Reusable bag" means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected "Establishment" means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including restaurants.
    Comply Date 09/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 18
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    Updated September 11, 2018
    Tewksburytop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 10/03/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 mil
    Paper Summary Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag is recyclable and contains at least 40% post- consumer paper content and be marked as such.
    Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag shall be a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple use, preferably made of natural fibers, that is at least 3.0 mils or thicker.
    Stores Affected Retail establishment shall mean any business or vendor that sells or provides food, merchandise, goods, or personal services to the public. However, the term "retail establishment" does not include bazaars or festivals operated by nonprofit organizations or religious institutions.
    Comply Date 04/01/2019
    Ordinance Article 19 (General bylaw Title 18.10)
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    Updated November 13, 2018
    Tisburytop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/12/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick and Specific ID requirements.
    Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content) and visibly displays both the word "recyclable" and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of polyester, polypropylene, washable fabric, or other durable material and, in the case of plastic bags, is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
    Stores Affected "Store" means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise.
    Comply Date 01/01/2017
    Ordinance Article 19
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    Updated April 12, 2016
    Topsfield top
    Status Approved
    Status Date 07/01/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.5 thick
    Paper Summary "Recyclable paper bag" means a paper bag that is 100% and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag is recyclable
    Reusable Definition "Reusable bag" means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric, or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected Retail establishment means a business or vendor that sells or provides food, merchandise, goods, or personal services to the public, but not a bazaar or festival operated by a non-commercial entity
    Comply Date 07/01/2018
    Ordinance LXVI
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    Updated October 16, 2019
    Town of Chathamtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 01/01/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.5 thick and Specific ID requirements.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable bag" means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected "Establishment" means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including restaurants.
    Comply Date 01/01/2017
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    Updated April 27, 2016
    Townsendtop
    Status Pending
    Updated June 11, 2019
    Trurotop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 11/05/2015
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.5 mils thick
    Reusable Definition A "reusable bag" is defined as a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either: (1) Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; (2) Made of durable plastic that is at least 3.5 mils thick; or (3) Other durable material suitable for reuse.
    Stores Affected An "Establishment" means any business in Truro selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including but not limited to markets, restaurants, bars, take-out food purveyors, merchandise retailers, florists and galleries.
    Comply Date 06/01/2016
    Ordinance Article 8
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    Updated December 20, 2015
    Tyngsboroughtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/15/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 1.5 mil
    Reusable Definition A "reusable bag" means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either: 1. Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; 2. Made of durable plastic that is at least 1.5 mils thick; or 3. Other durable material suitable for reuse.
    Stores Affected An "Establishment" means any business in Tyngsborough selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including but not limited to markets, restaurants, bars, take-out food purveyors, merchandise retailers and florists.
    Comply Date 05/01/2019
    Ordinance Article 29
    Updated December 03, 2018
    Wakefieldtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 12/15/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.5 thick
    Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag: A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected
    2.2 Grocery store: A retail establishment where more than fifty percent of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparations and consumption, which typically also offers home care and personal care products. 2.3 Retail store: An establishment that offers the sale and display ...view more merchandise within a building. view less
    Comply Date 07/01/2018
    Ordinance 154-10
    Updated April 02, 2018
    Waylandtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/02/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mils
    Paper Summary Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words "recyclable" and "made from 40% post-consumer recycled content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 4.0 Mils in thickness.
    Stores Affected Retail Store means any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
    Comply Date 01/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 23
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    Updated August 30, 2017
    Wellesleytop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/16/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick
    Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content and visibly displays both the word "recyclable" and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
    Reusable Definition Reusable Check out Bag shall mean a sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet (2) is machine washable (3) either (a) made if natural fibers such as cotton or linen or (b) made of durable, non toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food grade material that is more than 4 mils thick.
    Stores Affected Retail Establishment shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether or not for profit, including but not limited to retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
    Comply Date 01/01/2017
    Ordinance Article 33
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    Updated April 16, 2016
    Wellfleettop
    Status Approved
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.5 mils thick
    Reusable Definition A "reusable" shopping bag is defined as a bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of durable material such as cloth at least 3.5 mil thick.
    Stores Affected An "Establishment" means any business in Wellfleet selling goods, food or services to the public, including, but not limited to, markets, restaurants, bars, take-out food purveyors, merchandise retailers, florists and galleries.
    Comply Date 01/01/2016
    Ordinance Article 30-32
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    Updated December 31, 2015
    West Tisburytop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/12/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick and Specific ID requirements.
    Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content) and visibly displays both the word "recyclable" and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of polyester, polypropylene, washable fabric, or other durable material and, in the case of plastic bags, is at least 4.0 mils in thickness.
    Stores Affected "Store" means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take-out food purveyors, and merchandise.
    Comply Date 01/01/2017
    Ordinance Article 19
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    Updated April 12, 2016
    Westboroughtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 03/17/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary "Recyclable paper bag" - means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words "recyclable" and "made from 40% postconsumer recycled content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable checkout bag" - means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 4.0 Mils in thickness.
    Stores Affected
    "Grocery Store" - means a retail establishment where more than fifty percent (50%) of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparation and consumption, which typically also offers home care and personal care products. "Retail Store" - means any business facility that sells ...view more directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery view less
    Comply Date 09/17/2018
    Ordinance Article 33
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    Updated April 02, 2018
    Westfordtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 03/25/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 mil
    Paper Summary Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag is recyclable
    Reusable Definition A reusable checkout bag shall be a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple use, preferably made of natural fibers, that is at least 3.0 mils or thicker.
    Stores Affected Establishment shall mean any business or vendor that sells or provides food, merchandise, goods, or personal services to the public. However, the term Establishment does not include bazaars or festivals operated by nonprofit organizations or religious institutions.
    Comply Date 01/01/2019
    Ordinance Article 25 (Chapter 134)
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    Updated December 03, 2018
    Westontop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/17/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary "Recyclable paper bag" shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% postconsumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post- consumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Check-out bag" shall mean a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that is either (a) made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) made of durable, non-toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 4 mils thick.
    Stores Affected "Retail Establishment" shall mean any business facility that sells goods, articles, food, or personal services directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses
    Comply Date 01/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 27
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    Updated November 13, 2018
    Williamstowntop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/20/2015
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick
    Paper Summary Recylcable Paper Bag means a paper bag that meets all of the following requirements: ( 1) contains no old growth fiber, (2) is one hundred percent ( 100%) recyclable overall and contains a minimum of forty percent ( 40%) postconsumer recycled material; ( 3) is capable of composting, consistent with the timeline and specifications of the American Society of Testing and Materials ASTM) Standard D6400.
    Reusable Definition Reusable Bag: a) A retail establishment may provide or sell reusable carryout bags to its customers or to any person. b) A reusable carryout bag must have a handle. c) A reusable carryout bag must be constructed out of: 1) cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non- woven; or recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 4. 0 mil. d) A reusable carryout bag must meet the minimum reuse testing standard of 175 reuses carrying 16 pounds.
    Stores Affected Retail Establishment Any commercial business facility that sells goods and/ or services directly to the consumer including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, convenience stores, restaurants, retail stores and vendors selling clothing, food, and personal items, and dry cleaning services.
    Comply Date 10/26/2015
    Ordinance Article 8
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    Updated December 01, 2015
    Wilmingtontop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/05/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mil
    Paper Summary A paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40 percent post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words "Recyclable" and "made from at least 40% post-consumer recyclable content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that meets all of the following criteria: A. Is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; B. Is washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; C. If plastic, has a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils, has handles, and has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
    Stores Affected
    "Retail Establishment": Any commercial enterprise, whether for or not-for-profit, including, but not limited to the following: pharmacies, convenience stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary business, jewelry stores, clothing stores, household goods stores and any other business that offers the sale and display of merchandise. "Food Establishment": Any establishment whose purpose ...view more to prepare and vend food and drink items. "Grocery Store": Any establishment where more than fifty percent of the gross floor area is devoted to the sale of food products for home preparations and consumption, and home are and personal care products. view less
    Comply Date 05/05/2019
    Ordinance Article 48
    Updated December 03, 2018
    Winchestertop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/30/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary Recyclable Paper Bag: A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words "Recyclable" and "made from [at least] 40% post-consumer recycled content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition Reusable Bag: A sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and that is either (a) made of natural fibers such as cotton or linen; or (b) made of other durable material excluding polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride; and which also meets the following requirements: (a) Has a minimum lifetime capability of 175 uses; and can carry at least 25 pounds; (b) Is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected; and (c) Has a thickness greater than 4.0 mils
    Stores Affected Retail Establishment: Any enterprise, whether for- or not-for-profit, including, but not limited to the following: restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, household goods stores and any other enterprise that offers the sale and display of merchandise.
    Comply Date 11/01/2018
    Ordinance Aritcle 2, Chapter 22
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    Updated June 07, 2018
    Winthroptop
    Status Pending
    Updated May 02, 2019
    Woburntop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/11/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 mil
    Paper Summary Recyclable Paper Bag: A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words "Recyclable" and "made from [at least] 40% post-consumer recycled content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition REUSABLE BAG - A bag specifically designed and manufactured for long term, multiple reuses made of cloth, fabric or other durable, washable materials.
    Stores Affected Retail Establishment: Any enterprise, whether for- or not-for-profit, including, but not limited to the following: restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, household goods stores and any other enterprise that offers the sale and display of merchandise.
    Comply Date 01/01/2020
    Ordinance Article IV
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    Updated June 11, 2019
    Worcestertop
    Status Pending
    Notes In 2010 bill proposed for possible ban/fee. Under discussion.
    Updated May 02, 2019
    Wrenthamtop
    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019
    Yarmouthtop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/06/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary Paper bags with or without handles provided at the point of sale to a customer of an Establishment for use to transport or carry away purchases, such as merchandise, goods or food, etc. and that (1) are one hundred percent (100%) recyclable, and (2) contain a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled paper content, and (3) have all the following information printed in a visible manner on the outside of the bag: the word "recyclable," the name and country of the manufacturer, and the percentage of postconsumer recycled paper content.
    Reusable Definition A bag specifically designed and manufactured for long term, multiple reuses made of cloth, fabric or other durable, washable materials.
    Stores Affected Any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including public eating establishments and take-out restaurants.
    Comply Date 05/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 31
    Updated May 31, 2017
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