|In December 2013, the Ordinance Committee of the Cambridge City Council approved a draft ordinance that would require that all bags provided to customers at checkout by retail establishments by recyclable paper bags or reusable bags. Final enactment of the draft ordinance requires a vote by the City Council.The enactment of the draft ordinance in some form is likely to occur in 2014 keeping Cambridge in line with neighboring communities where bans are either in place or are scheduled be implemented in the current year. Brookline’s ban on disposable plastic bags and polystyrene containers went into effect on December 1, 2013 and Somerville’s ban on polystyrene containers goes into effect in May of this year. In addition, Somerville is also considering a ban on disposable plastic bags.
Keeping in mind that a ban on disposable plastic bags is likely to be enacted in some form this year by the Cambridge City Council, we encourage you to:
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