REDUCING PLASTIC BAGS IN THE CITY OF BOSTON
At the City of Boston we know that single-use plastic bags have an impact on the environment. They often end up in City streets and gutters, abandoned lots, and even in trees. On December 14 2018, the City's plastic bag ordinance went into effect. Retailers can now only keep in stock recyclable paper bags, compostable bags, and reusable bags.
We partnered with the Environment Department and Inspectional Services to develop a communications plan to keep residents informed. Over the past few months, we’ve been pushing out helpful tips and reminders about the ordinance through social and traditional media, including billboards. You may have seen our signs posted near registers across the City. On Boston.gov, you can learn about the basics and see answers to common questions on our reducing plastic bags page. Businesses can also learn about exemption information.