Charge for Single-Use Bags in 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 authorize the Select Board to petition the State Legislature to establish a minimum bag charge in Town to properly incentivize reusable bags.

The article would authorize the Sudbury Select Board to petition the Massachusetts General Court for a special law establishing a minimum 10-cent charge for all new checkout bags distributed in Town. The special law would need to be passed by the legislature and signed into law by the governor to go into effect. For more details about this article, please email

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 to get involved, and to learn more about the complex issues surrounding local bag fees in the State of Massachusetts. 

For more information on why fees are so important, check out our plastic bag toolkit.

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