Cambridge MA Drafting Ordinance to Ban Plastic Bags
Cambridge, MA may soon change the way residents carry home their groceries. On Monday, January 28, the City Council requested that the city draft an ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags in the city and develop a plan for how the local law could be implemented.
City Councilor Marjorie Decker said that even though efforts are underway in the state Legislature to reduce the use of plastic bags, she said by passing a local ban in Cambridge, it would put the city at the forefront of the effort. “I look forward to us moving forward and doing this,” Decker said.
In the fall of 2011, Ms. Decker has submitted an order asking the city to review banning disposable plastic bags from retail establishments since the bags are incredibly slow at decomposing and litter their waterways, streets, parks and beaches.
The City Council is asking that the city draft clear guidelines for a ban and develop plans to educate and support small businesses at the time the ban would be phased in. In addition, the City was asked to include a stipulation that would exclude smaller retail stores from the ban.
Once a draft ordinance is completed to ban plastic bags in Cambridge, it would still require the City Council’s approval before it would go into effect.