Massachusetts

Ban Plastic Straws, Sudbury!

Active | January 04 2020

Plastic Pollution

The MA Chapter is working to pass a warrant article at the Sudbury town meeting to ban disposable plastic straws, stirrers and splash sticks and only allow other disposable non-plastic options on request by the customer to drive reusables and limit needless pollution.

In addition to disposable plastic straws, stirrers and splash sticks and only allow other disposable non-plastic options on request by the customer, the article would also require that disposable non-plastic options be provided only upon request by the customer or when selected from a self-service dispenser, policies intended to promote reuse and reduce needless pollution.

The proposed bylaw would only allow Sudbury retailers to sell disposable plastic straws, stirrers, and splash sticks if clearly labeled reusable or non-plastic alternatives are also available. For more details about the proposed policy, please email 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 given 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.

The campaign team then gave a presentation to the Sudbury Select Board virtually on 3/31/2020 (in light of COVID-19). The Select Board voted 4-1 to support this Article. 

Extensive outreach efforts in town are underway in advance of the Town Meeting, which is tentatively scheduled to begin on the evening of 5/4/2020 but due to COVID-19, may be postponed. 

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

Thank you!

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