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Adams
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
3/30/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials, 2.5 mil thickness
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
7/12/2016
Amherst
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
1) is 100% recyclable overall 2) contains a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
3) displays the words “Recyclable” or “Please Recycle” on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials. Must be thicker than 3.0 mil thickness
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Andover
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/2/2019
Stores Affected
Food Establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
a paper bag, with or without handles that contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
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
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/15/2018
Aquinnah
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% PCR
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
visibly displays both the word "recyclable" and the percentage of post-consumer recycled  content.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
 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
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Arlington
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
A paper bag is 100% recyclable and contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays the words “Recyclable” and “Made from [at least] 40% post-consumer recyclable content” in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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 at least 4 mil thick
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
Updated as of
6/9/2017
Ashland
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
(1) are one hundred percent (100%) recyclable, and (2) contain a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled paper content.
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag, with stitched handles, that is 4.0 mils or thicker, is specifically designed for multiple uses and is made of cloth, fabric, or other durable, washable materials
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/15/2018
Athol
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2018
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic (2.5 mils), cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/15/2018
Attleboro
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2019
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
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.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
a sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that: can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; is machine washable; is either (a) made of thick cloth, fabric or other durable materials (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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
1/29/2019
Barnstable
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
10/3/2016
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag specifically designed and manufactured for long term multiple reuses made of cloth, fabric or other durable washable materials. Must be thicker than 3.0 mils
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
1/30/2017
Bedford
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
10/1/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
a bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials. If made of plastic, it must be more than 2.5 mil thick
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/9/2017
Belmont
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
11/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
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.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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 ft; (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); (b) made durable, non-toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 4.0 mils thick
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/15/2018
Beverly
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2019
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
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.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
7/24/2018
Boston
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
12/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments and restaurants
Paper Bag Requirements
(1) 100 percent recyclable including the handles; (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content;
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
(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.
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
1/16/2018
Bourne
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials. If made of plastic, it must be more than 3 mil thick
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/9/2017
Bridgewater
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
9/17/2016
Stores Affected
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 town of Bridgewater or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Paper Bag Requirements
None Specified
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
None Specified
Fee Per Paper Bag
None Specified
Later Fee Increase
None Specified
Reusable Bag Requirements
"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 and must be more than 2.5 mil thick
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
None Specified
Additional Information
Updated as of
7/12/2016
Brookline
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
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.
Fee Per Paper Bag
None Specified
Later Fee Increase
None Specified
Reusable Bag Requirements
A sewn bag with stitched handles that can carry 25 lbs over a distance of 300 ft.; bag that is either made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; or 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 4 mils thick.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
None Specified
Additional Information
BROOKLINE REVISION TO BAG REDUCTION BYLAW - ARTICLE 6 - Brookline passed the first law specifically addressing plastic shopping bags in the Commonwealth in 2012. Since then 33 other communities have successfully banned them. However, our pioneering bylaw had some loopholes that can now be closed as they have been especially in neighboring Cambridge and other Massachusetts communities
Updated as of
6/9/2017
Cambridge
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
3/30/2016
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
Recyclable Paper Bag” means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays the words "Recyclable" and “made from 40% post-consumer recycled content” in a visible manner on the outside of the bag
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.10
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
4/20/2015
Chatham
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
a paper bag with or without handles that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% PRC content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
Stores to set their own reasonable pricing if any
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
Visibly displays both the word “recyclable” and the percentage of PCR content
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Chilmark
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
 a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 % recyclable and contains at least 40% post?consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Visibly displays both the word "recyclable" and the percentage of post consumer recycled content.
Fee Per Paper Bag
Stores may charge and retain the fee
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
 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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Cohasset
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
11/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
100% recyclable and contains at least 40% postconsumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
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
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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 that is more than 4 mils. in thickness
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/15/2018
Concord
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2016
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
Stores may charge and retain the fee
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of more than 2.5 mil thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Dalton
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
"Recyclable paper bags" means paper bags, with or without handles
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
printing on the bag stating that they are one hundred percent (100%) recyclable.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
bags 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; and, (4) if plastic, are more than 4 mils thick.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
7/14/2017
Danvers
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
6/1/2019
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
Paper bags with or without handles that are one-hundred percent (100%) recyclable, contains a minimum of 40 percent (40%) postconsumer recycled paper content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
Sewn bags with stitched handles that are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 ft, can hold a minimum of 15 liters or quarts, can be readily washed or disinfected by hand or machine, and is made of thick cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/5/2018
Dartmouth
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
6/5/2019
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
1.0 mil if plastic
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/28/2018
Dennis
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag that is specifically designed for multiple uses and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials. If plastic, must be more than 2.5 mils thick
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/15/2018
Duxbury
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
a bag that is: (1) 100% recyclable; and (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content.
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
1/16/2018
Edgartown
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
a paper bag with or without handles that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% PRC content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Visibly displays both the word “recyclable” and the percentage of PCR content
Fee Per Paper Bag
Stores may charge and retain the fee
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
4/10/2018
Falmouth
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
8/6/2016
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.10
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials, 2.5 mil thickness
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
9/9/2016
Framingham
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials, 2.5 mil thickness
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Gloucester
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2019
Stores Affected
N/A
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
N/A
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
Approved by City Council on 11/7/17; Needs final approval from the Attorney General
Updated as of
1/16/2018
Grafton
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
Made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, other washable material or of non-toxic plastic
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/9/2017
Great Barrington
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
3/1/2014
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
N/A
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/13/2014
Greenfield
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/16/2020
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
100 percent recyclable, including any handles, and that contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content material
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays language to this effect in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
1/29/2019
Hamilton
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/27/2016
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
Must be recyclable
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/13/2014
Harwich
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
6/15/2016
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials, 2.5 mil thickness
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Haverhill
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
2/7/2019
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
A paper bag that is 100% recyclable, including the handles, and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays the words “recyclable” and “made from 40% post-consumer recycled content” in a visible manner on the outside of the bag; or certified biodegradable bags made with starches from renewable crops which can readily be composted with organic waste.
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.05
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
9/20/2018
Hopkinton
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2019
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays the words “recyclable” and “made from 40% post-consumer recycled content” in a visible manner on the outside of the bag
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials. 2.5 mil thick if plastic
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/15/2018
Ipswich
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
5/13/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
a bag that is specifically designed for multiple uses and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials, 3.0 mil thickness
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Lee
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
4/24/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
(1) are one-hundred percent (100%) recyclable, (2) contain a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled paper content,
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
(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 post-consumer recycled paper content
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
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
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Lenox
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
6/9/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
(1) are one-hundred percent (100%) recyclable, (2) contain a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled paper contentA
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
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 post-consumer recycled paper content.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
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
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Lexington
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2019
Stores Affected
1/1/19 for stores larger than 3500 sq ft. and 7/1/19 for stores smaller than 3500 sq ft
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
4.0 mil thickness
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
4/10/2018
Lincoln
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
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.
Fee Per Paper Bag
Shall charge a reasonable amount
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/15/2018
Longmeadow
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
10/16/2019
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
a paper bag that is: 1. 100 percent recyclable including the handles; 2. contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content;
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
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
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
Approved by the Attorney General on 2/7/19
Updated as of
2/13/2019
Lowell
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2019
Stores Affected
Retail establishments 3,000 square feet or larger
Paper Bag Requirements
A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag is recyclable.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple use, preferably made of natural fibers. 4.0 mill thickness if plastic
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
1/16/2019
Manchester-by-the-Sea
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2013
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials, 2.5 mil thickness
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Mansfield
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
11/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments: 11/1/18 for retail establishments that have floor area more than 3,500 sq ft or with at least two locations under the same name within Mansfield. 5/1/19 for retail establishments with less than 3,500 sq ft floor space.
Paper Bag Requirements
100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
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
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 ft; is machine washable; and is either 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 that is more than 4 mils thick.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/21/2018
Marblehead
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
5/5/2015
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
Recyclable Paper Bag
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
Bag with handles designed for multiple reuse. (1) Made of cloth or washable fabric; (2) or made of durable plastic 3.0 mil thick, (3) or made of some other durable material. Does not contain lead, cadmium, or other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
4/20/2015
Marshfield
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2019
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content and is provided free of charge to the customer.
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag with stitched on handles that is made soley of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, or other washable material and is specifically designed for multiple reuse.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/15/2018
Mashpee
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
10/18/2017
Stores Affected
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.
Paper Bag Requirements
None Stated
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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 milliliters thick.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
Updated as of
1/30/2017
Medford
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/16/2019
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
(1) 100 percent recyclable; and (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and has a label identifying the bag as being made from post-consumer recycled content and listing the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag that is specifically designed and intended for multiple uses and is made of plastic with a thickness of at least 4.0 mils; or fabric such as a sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that (a) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 ft; (b) is capable of being washed and disinfected and (c) is either (1) made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen) or (2) made of durable, non-toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material that is at least 4.0 mils thick; or other durable materials.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
2/27/2019
Melrose
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2018
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
1) Is 100% recyclable, including the handles; 2) Contains at least 40% post -consumer recycled paper content;
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
 3) Displays the words "Recyclable" and "made from 40% post -consumer recycled content" (or greater amount) in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/15/2018
Milton
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2019
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content,
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
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.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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 foodgrade material that is more than 4 mils thick.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
1/16/2019
Nantucket
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/1990
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
4.0 mil thickness
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
4/10/2018
Natick
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
8/1/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Displays the words "Recyclable" and "made from 40% post-consumer recycled content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and is either (1) made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.0 mils thick; or (3) made of other durable material.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
7/25/2017
Newburyport
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
3/29/2015
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag that is specifically designed and intended for multiple uses and is made of plastic with a thickness greater than 3.0 mils, or fabric, or other durable materials
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
4/20/2015
Newton
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/30/2016
Stores Affected
large supermarkets and retailers with stores of at least 3,500-square feet, or with two or more locations in the city.
Paper Bag Requirements
must be 100 percent recyclable, and made with at least 40 percent “post-consumer recycled content.
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays the words "recyclable" and "made from 40% post-consumer recycled content" in a visible manner on the outside ofthe bag
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Northampton
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2016
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
2/25/2016
Oak Bluffs
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
with or without handles that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
Visibly displays both the word “recyclable” and the percentage of PCR content
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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 thick.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/9/2017
Plymouth
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
8/21/2017
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.
Paper Bag Requirements
A paper bag that [1] is 100% recyclable and [2] contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content.
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag 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 [2] Is specifically designed for multiple reuse and has handles
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
has the word “Reusable” or “Reuse” printed on the outside of the bag in a visible manner.
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
3/21/2017
Provincetown
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
4/15/2015
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
None Stated
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
All stores must post signage indicating the per bag fee.
Updated as of
4/20/2015
Reading
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
9/15/2018
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
(1) 100 percent recyclable; and (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content and is clearly labeled as such.
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
see paper bag requirements.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
3.0 mil thickness
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/15/2018
Rockport
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
3/1/2019
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
100% recyclable overall and contains a minimum of 40% post consumer recycled material; and is capable of composting, consistent with the timeline and specifications of the American Society for Testing and Materials.
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
a bag with handles that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic (4.1 mils thick), cloth, fabric, or other durable materials.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
9/20/2018
Salem
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays the words "recyclable and contains at least 40 percent post consumer recycled content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag with handles 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; 2. is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected 125 times
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/9/2017
Sandwich
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
11/28/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
Made of 40% post consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag that is specifically designed and intended for multiple uses and is made of plastic with a thickness greater than 4.0 mils, or fabric, or other durable materials
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
1/30/2017
Scituate
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
3/1/2019
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
100% recyclable, contains at least 40% PCR
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
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.
Fee Per Paper Bag
None Specified
Later Fee Increase
None Specified
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag with stitched on handles that is made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, or other washable material other than any type of polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride, and is durable, non-toxic, and specifically designed for multiple reuse (a minimum of 175 uses)
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
None Specified
Additional Information
Updated as of
1/16/2019
Shrewsbury
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
100% recyclable, contains at least 40% PCR
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in a visible manner on the outside of the bag
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag with sewn handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse, can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 ft and is either made of cloth or other machine washable fabric or made of durable plastic that is at least 4.0 mils thick or made of other durable material
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Somerville
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
12/1/2016
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
100% recyclable, contains at least 40% PCR
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays the words "recyclable and contains at least 40 percent post consumer recycled content in a visible manner on the outside of the bag
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
9/1/16 for retail establishments with a floor area equal to or exceeding 10,000 sq ft; 12/1/16 for less that 10,000 sq ft.
Updated as of
6/9/2017
South Hadley
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
Must be 100% biodegradable which composts into beneficial breakdown components
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
Retailers shall sell or convey merchandise to ultimate consumers in said establishments and shall only use such bags that are: (1) Reusable bags; or (2) Biodegradable bags: or (3) Compostable plastic bags
Updated as of
6/9/2017
Stockbridge
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/2/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
Reusable bags must be hand or machine washable and made of natural fibers such as linen or cotton; or durable, nontoxic plastic that is at least 4 millimeters thick.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/9/2017
Sudbury
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
100% recyclable, contains at least 40% PCR
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
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.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/9/2017
Swampscott
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
9/1/2018
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable material. If plastic, must be 2.5 mil
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/5/2018
Tewksbury
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
4/1/2019
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post- consumer paper content and be marked as such.
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag the word “recyclable” or a symbol identifying the bag is recyclable
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
1/30/2019
Tisbury
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/17/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post?consumer recycled
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
visibly displays both the word "recyclable" and the percentage of postconsumer recycled content 
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
 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. 
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/20/2016
Topsfield
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag the word “recyclable” or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic (2.5 mil thick), cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/15/2018
Truro
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
3/31/2016
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, made of durable plastic that is at least 3.5 mils thick or other durable material suitable for reuse
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Wakefield
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2018
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic (2.5 mil thickness), cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/15/2018
Watertown
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
7/1/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays the words "Recyclable" and "made from 40% post-consumer recycled content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple use and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton, or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 3.0 millimeters in thickness
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Wayland
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
2/4/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays the words “recyclable” and “made from 40% post-consumer recycled content” in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/9/2017
Wellesley
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% postconsumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
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 postconsumer recycled content and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Wellfleet
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2016
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
N/A
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
West Tisbury
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2017
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post?consumer recycled
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
visibly displays both the word "recyclable"and the percentage of postconsumer recycled content
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/17/2016
Westborough
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
8/28/2018
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays the words "recyclable" and "made from 40% post-consumer recycled content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
4/10/2018
Westford
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2018
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
100% recyclable and contains at least 40% postconsumer recycled content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag the word “recyclable” or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
4/10/2018
Weston
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/1/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
a bag that is: (1) 100% recyclable; and (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content.
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
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.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/9/2017
Williamstown
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
1/21/2015
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag 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.
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Fee Per Paper Bag
$0.10
Later Fee Increase
None Specified
Reusable Bag Requirements
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 nonwoven; or (2) 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.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
None specified
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/20/2016
Wilmington
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
5/5/2019
Stores Affected
All business establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
A paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40 percent post-consumer recycled content,
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays the words “Recyclable” and “made from at least 40% post-consumer recyclable content” in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
2.5 mil
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
On Dec. 18, Wilmington Select Board members unanimously approved an ordinance outlawing single-use plastic bags.
Updated as of
2/13/2019
Winchester
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
11/1/2018
Stores Affected
11/1/18 for retail establishments with a floor area equal to or exceeding 4,500 square feet, 5/1/19 for retail establishments with a floor area less than 4,500 square feet
Paper Bag Requirements
100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
displays the works "Recyclable" and "made from [at least] 40% post-consumer recycled content in a visible manner on the outside of the bag
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
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 also meets the following requirements: (1) Has a minimum lifetime capability of 175 uses; and can carry at least 25 pounds; (2) is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected; (3) has a thickness greater than 4 mils
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
5/15/2018
Yarmouth
Status
Approved
Enforcement Date
5/6/2018
Stores Affected
All retail establishments
Paper Bag Requirements
(1) are one hundred percent (100%) recyclable, and (2) contain a minimum of forty percent (40%) post-consumer recycled paper content,
Paper Bag Printing Requirements
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 post-consumer recycled paper content.
Fee Per Paper Bag
N/A
Later Fee Increase
N/A
Reusable Bag Requirements
A bag specifically designed and manufactured for long term, multiple reuses made of cloth, fabric or other durable, washable materials.
Reusable Bag Printing Requirements
N/A
Additional Information
N/A
Updated as of
6/9/2017