Plastic Bag Ban

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About 60 of 351 MA cities and towns have shopping bag laws, banning to a varying degree or taxing plastic bags or non-reusable shopping bags. A quick breakdown is available at, a web site designed to help retailers comply with shopping bag laws. State legislation has also been proposed. Town-by-town legislative details can be found at, an advocacy organization that favors plastic bag bans.

Surrounding towns with shopping bag laws include:

Arguments pro and contra can be found in the News & Editorials below.

Lexington Reports

None as of 2/4/18.

Massachusetts Reports

State legislation is pending.

National & International Reports

News & Editorials