Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #122
Order Adopted
Jun 1, 2020 5:30 PM

Governor Baker’s Emergency Order on March 25, 2020 included a ban on reusable bags and lifted all municipal bans and fees on plastic bags

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Department:City Clerk's OfficeSponsors:Councillor Patricia Nolan, Councillor Quinton Zondervan
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Governor Baker’s Emergency Order on March 25, 2020 included a ban on reusable bags and lifted all municipal bans and fees on plastic bags; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

This ban was implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which some studies suggested may be carried on reusable bags; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

There are now studies that prove reusable bags are at least as safe as plastic, and likely more safe, yet the plastics industry has spread misinformation claiming that plastics are the only safe material to use when containing, storing, and transporting goods and food items during the pandemic; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Sierra Club Massachusetts and MassPIRG released a joint statement citing the dire need to combat the misinformation coming from plastic industry lobbyists with sound science and facts from public health officials; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The simultaneous public health crisis that we are experiencing at the moment is the environmental crisis, and the widespread use of plastics are a major contributor to both the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and our landfills; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) Ordinance took effect on March 31, 2016, which significantly reduced single-use bag consumption; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

It is imperative that we not let fear-based misinformation during this pandemic change the steps we have taken towards reduction in plastics consumption in our city; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the Council go on record urging the Governor to end the ban on reusable bags and allow municipalities to enforce their own bag restrictions; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward suitably engrossed copies of this resolution to the Governor and state delegation.

 

Meeting History

Jun 1, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan