If adopted, the "Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance" would make Cambridge the largest city on the East Coast to ban single-use, plastic checkout bags, completing a process that began when the city first started studying the issue in 2007.
The legislation would also make Cambridge the first city in the Commonwealth to require that retailers charge a fee for paper bags. Retailers would get to keep the fee, and it has been suggested that this will not only encourage the use of renewable bags, but also help retailers offset costs associated with making the switch away from plastic.
Acting in his capacity as Co-Chair of the Ordinance Committee, Councillor Dennis Carlone led his colleagues through a series of votes to reconcile differences between two versions of the pending legislation on March 12. The outcome of that committee meeting was featured in this Boston Globe report.
Members of the public wishing to comment on this matter are encouraged to sign up for public comment by calling (617) 349-4280 between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm on Monday, March 30. Alternatively, residents may show up at the Attles Meeting Room between 5:30 and 6 pm to sign up in person. Everyone is welcome to speak to the council for up to three minutes on this matter, or email the entire council at firstname.lastname@example.org and CC the City Clerk as well: email@example.com.