New Town Ordinance Regarding Plastic Bag Use

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Brian P. Howard, Town Manager shared some GREAT news for our community and the environment with C24BA so we can help share it with you!

The Randolph Town Council has enacted a Town Ordinance regarding the use of plastic bags in retail, grocery, and convenience stores located within the Town of Randolph.

Pursuant to Randolph Town Ordinance § 158-3, the following limitations now apply to use of plastic bags in these locations:

  • Thin-film single-use plastic bags shall not be distributed, used, or sold for checkout or other purposes at any retail, grocery, or convenience store within the Town of Randolph. Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable or biodegradable shopping bags to the stores.
  • Retail, grocery, and convenience stores are strongly encouraged to make reusable checkout bags available for sale to customers at a reasonable price.
  • Thin-film single-use plastic bags used to contain dry-cleaning, newspapers, produce, meats, bulk foods, wet items, and other similar merchandise, typically without handles, are permissible.

Click here to review the full Ordinance, including fines for ordinance violation.

The ordinance formally took effect in January. The Town delayed enforcing the Ordinance due to the ongoing covid emergency. The Town expects to begin active enforcement of this Ordinance on July 1, 2022. This will provide you an opportunity to use any plastic bags you have in stock and purchase new product to meet the ordinance.

If you have any questions, please contact the Board of Health office at 781-961-0924.

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