Marshfield: Town Considers Thin-Handled Plastic Bags Ban

61 towns in Massachusetts now have a ban on thin-handled plastic bags. Nantucket was the very first town in Massachusetts to ban plastic bags in 1990. Mayor Marty Walsh just approved Boston’s plastic bag ban last December.

Plymouth passed its plastic bag ban in 2016. The leader of the “Plymouth Bans the Bag” movement, Dr. Ken Stone, says the impact is substantial:

The North and South Rivers Watershed Association Executive Director Samantha Woods gives the organization’s official stance on plastic bag use in Marshfield, which is the next town slated to address the issue at its Annual Town Meeting:

Marshfield residents Jeanne Ryer and Carol Robinson of the Concerned Citizens’ Group for Reduction of Plastic Bag Usage say their proposed bylaw for Town Meeting would put a ban on local businesses distributing thin-handled plastic bags.

But businesses do not have to scramble to purge their plastic bags:

Charitable and religious organizations that use plastic bags for their services are exempt from the ban.

Ryer and Robinson say over 13 million plastic bags are given out annually in Marshfield, which means retailers spend $534,000 per year on those bags. They also say that bags specifically used in Marshfield produce nearly 356 metric tons of CO2 per year.

Marshfield’s Annual Town Meeting for 2018 begins on Monday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Marshfield High School.



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Mimi Walker is a 2016 graduate from Emerson College, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. While at Emerson, she was both an avid reporter and an on-air music personality at 88.9 WERS, Emerson’s long-running radio station. She also wrote for several on-campus publications. She covered the 2015 Edward R. Murrow awards in New York City, and had previous internships at 103.3 AMP radio and at Seacrest Studios in Boston Children’s Hospital (as well as with Rob and Lisa on the South Shore Morning News!) Her proudest academic achievement is being a TOMODACHI scholar and contributing to an iBook about American Senator and war hero Daniel Inouye, which led her all across Japan in her many school travels. Thanks to her time in Japan, and a semester abroad in the Netherlands, Mimi has an appetite for stories and all kinds of art across the globe.