Boston Mayor Deciding Whether To Ban Plastic Shopping Bags
BOSTON (AP) — A proposal to ban plastic shopping bags in Boston awaits the mayor's decision.
Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh has until Monday to sign, veto or let pass into law without his signature an ordinance the City Council approved unanimously last month.
The proposal bans flimsy plastic bags and requires businesses to charge no less than 5 cents for other checkout bags, including reusable bags, compostable plastic bags and paper bags with handles.
Paper bags without handles would still be free. Businesses would keep all bag fee proceeds.
Walsh said Friday he's still reviewing the proposal. He's concerned about its impact on low-income residents.
Neighboring Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline are among 59 communities statewide that impose fees or limits on plastic bags.
Some Rhode Island communities have banned single-use plastic shopping bags.