Proposed Ban on Plastic Bags

The City of Pittsfield is considering a ban on certain thin film, single-use plastic carryout shopping bags.  If you are a retailer or own a business that potentially might be affected by a proposed ban, you are encouraged to learn about what has been recommended by the Pittsfield Green Commission.

If the ban is passed, point-of-sale establishments will no longer be allowed to provide disposable plastic carryout shopping bags to consumers.  Please note that it is envisioned that some plastic bags would still be allowed, including bags for produce and meat, bulk food, newspapers, and dry cleaning for example.

We understand that many will have concerns and questions about the impact of this proposed ban if it is implemented.  The proposal to ban plastic bags will be considered at the City’s Ordinances and Rules Committee meeting on March 5, 2018The meeting will take place at 7 pm at Pittsfield City Hall, 70 Allen Street, Pittsfield. You are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn more about what is being proposed.

Save Our Shores Educates Citizens About Santa Cruz Plastic Bag Ban

The Draft Ordinance can be viewed here

City letter to retailers regarding the proposal

Why Communities are Choosing to Limit the Distribution of Single-Use Plastic Bags (Northampton, MA)

List of National Bans

List of Bans in Massachusetts

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