Massachusetts

Say So Long to Polystyrene foodware, Sudbury!

Active | January 04 2020

Plastic Pollution

The MA Chapter is working to pass a warrant article at Sudbury’s 2020 Annual Town Meeting to adopt a strong polystyrene mitigation bylaw.

The proposed bylaw seeks to prohibit retail and food establishments from using, distributing, or selling disposable food service ware made using foam or solid polystyrene. The bylaw would also prohibit retail establishments from selling certain items made from unencapsulated foam polystyrene. For more details about the proposed policy, please contact campaigns@ma.surfrider.org.

Volunteers from the Chapter are working closely alongside volunteers from Sustainable Sudbury and the Lincoln-Sudbury High School Environmental Club. The chapter drafted petition language and enough signatures were collected ahead of the 1/31/2020 deadline to ensure inclusion of the proposed article in the town meeting warrant.

A presentation was made to the Sudbury Board of Health on 1/14/2020, and on 2/11/2020 the Board of Health officially voted to endorse the article.

A presentation to the Sudbury Select Board is scheduled for 3/31/2020, and extensive outreach efforts in town are underway in advance of the Town Meeting, which begins on the evening of 5/4/2020.

Sudbury residents are urged to contact the MA Chapter for more information or to get involved.

Thank you!

Sudbury residents are urged to contact the MA Chapter to get involved.

Thank you!

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