Sustainable Wellesley is joining the Conservation Law Foundation in asking you to contact Wellesley legislators:
Here are some talking points: Wellesley Town Meeting strongly approved the town bag bylaw and the bylaw has been successfully implemented for the past several years. Plastic bags are consistently among the top six most common items found in cleanups. They’re dangerous to wildlife and can break down into micro plastics that end up in our drinking water, threatening our own health. Plastic bags contaminate our recycling and jam up machinery, increasing costs to towns. More than 100 Massachusetts cities and towns, from Pittsfield to Boston, have already passed bag bans and this bill would help reduce plastic pollution throughout our state. A $0.10 fee on paper bags would encourage people to switch to reusable bags, which are the best option for the environment. Towns are prohibited from levying a fee on paper bags so a state law is the only way for that to happen.
Thanks for taking action to reduce plastic waste!