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Statement : MASSPIRG Thanks Cambridge City Council for Resolution on Bags
Late on the evening of June 1, the Cambridge City Council, at the behest of Councillors Patty Nolan and Quinton Zondervan, unanimously passed a resolution (attached) calling on "..the Governor to end the ban on reusable bags and allow municipalities to enforce their own bag restrictions." In March of 2016, Cambridge became the largest municipality to that point to ban single use plastic bags. On 3/25/20, Governor Baker issued a temporary order in relation to COVID 19, saying that 'reusable bags are prohibited and all regulations on plastic bags bans are lifted.' Tonight's Camrbidge resolution reinforces the City's commitment to reducing waste and helps us get back to the future.
MASSPIRG, along with the Sierra Club of Massachusetts noted last week, in the wake of Gov. Baker's announcement of a 'phased re-opening", that those plans need to move us forward in our well-trod march toward a cleaner, more sustainable future. We specifically asked to:
● lift the Public Health restrictions order on reusable bags and restore municipal regulation of shopping bags including fees on single-use bags in applicable cities
● steer away from disposables, trash, and the litter and waste that follows in our everyday lives.
Not long after the temporary waivers on bottle redemption and prohibitions on reusable bags were put in place, a New York Times reporter wrote an extensive piece with this as her main thesis: ‘The plastic bag industry, battered by a wave of bans nationwide, is using the coronavirus crisis to try to block laws prohibiting single-use plastic.’ It's well past time to get back to reducing plastic waste, and we thank the Cambridge City Council for their commitment to doing so.
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