Massachusetts

Let’s Ban Plastic Straws in Lincoln!

Active | February 12 2020

Plastic Pollution

The MA Chapter is working to pass a warrant article at Lincoln’s 2020 Annual Town Meeting to ban disposable plastic straws, stirrers, and splash sticks.

In addition to banning disposable plastic straws, stirrers, and splash sticks 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.

Lincoln retailers would only be allowed 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 Mother 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.

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 for more information or to get involved.

Thank you!

Plastic Pollution

Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

Learn More

Looking for more information?