Massachusetts

Charge for Single-Use Bags in Lincoln!

Active | January 04 2020

Plastic Pollution

The MA Chapter is working to pass a warrant article at Lincoln’s 2020 Annual Town Meeting to authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the State Legislature to establish a minimum bag charge in Town to properly incentivize reusable bags.

The article would authorize the Lincoln Board of Selectmen 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 campaigns@ma.surfrider.org.

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

A presentation was made to the Lincoln Board of Health on 1/22/2020, after which the Board of Health endorsed the article.

Extensive outreach efforts in town are underway in advance of the Town Meeting, which begins at 930 AM on 3/28/2020.

Lincoln 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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