Plastic bag regulations vary in Massachusetts

Ajuam, Mas. (WWLP) Regulations for plastic bags vary from city to city in Massachusetts. In some communities, you can still get a file plastic shopping bagWhile in other cases, you can only get on paper.

“Sometimes I use plastic,” said Norman Makanun of Agawam. “Sometimes I use paper. I know they are going to get stricter with that every year. Maybe in another five years, every place will have paper bags.”

There is no law in Massachusetts that prohibits the use of plastic bags. Ultimately it comes down to the city, town or workplace. For years, state leaders have been trying to get rid of them everywhere, like in Connecticut or parts of New York.

Several proposals have been made to phase out single-use plastic bags in stores and supermarkets in recent years. Most shoppers are now using reusable bags because many communities have banned plastic, and that number is growing.

As of October, 145 cities and towns — representing more than 4 million people in Massachusetts — regulate single-use plastic shopping bags. In the county of Berkshire, this includes places like Pittsfield, Adams, Williamstown, Great Barrington, Dalton, Lee and Lenox.

Connecticut has a ban on plastic shopping bags no matter which store you visit. Depending on the store, many charge 10 cents for paper.


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