Plastic Bag Reduction Bylaw

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The Town of Framingham’s Plastic Bag Reduction Bylaw takes effect on January 1st, 2018. 

Under the bylaw, thin-film single-use plastic bags with handles are prohibited from being distributed at checkout. Thin-film plastic bags used to contain dry cleaning, newspapers, produce, meat, bulk foods, wet items, and other similar merchandise, typically without handles, are still permissible. 

All retail establishments that provide a checkout bag to customers, such as grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, household good stores, and other retailers must comply with this bylaw.  The bylaw does not affect restaurants. If you’re unsure if the bylaw applies to your business, please contact us at the Town Manager’s Office. 

This bylaw seeks to reduce the number of plastic bags that are distributed, and to promote the use of reusable checkout bags. This will help protect the marine environment, advance solid waste reduction, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and protect waterways.  

Framingham is proud to be one of 60 communities in Massachusetts have now passed laws to regulate plastic bags.

For more information: 

  • Bylaw that was approved by Town Meeting in May of 2016

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