The Natural Resources Commission tells us that state Attorney General Maura Healey has signed the Plastic Bag Reduction bylaw (Town Meeting Article 33), which for stores 3,500 sq. feet or larger goes into effect on Jan. 25, 2017, six months after it was signed. For smaller stores, the enactment date to reduce distribution of single-use plastic bags is April 12, 2017. The bylaw does not impact distribution of produce bags.
The aim of the new bylaw is to reduce litter and protect the environment.