Taking initiative to clean the oceans

Gloucester Single Use Plastic Ban

With strong pushes from Seaside Sustainability and Gloucester’s Clean City Commission, as well as leadership of City Councilors Melissa Cox and Sean Nolan, Gloucester recently passed a ban on all single-use plastic bags and polystyrene (styrofoam) containers, which went into effect as of January 2019. This initiative, developed and managed by former intern John Dello Russo, is imperative in maintaining the beauty and health of our city’s land and seascapes.


  • Plastic bag and polystyrene - PASSED January 2019 

  • Plastic stirrer, hotstopper & stirrer ordinance - PROPOSED 

  • 2020 Partners: Ken Hecht, Clean City Commission, Melissa Cox

We know such transition posts its own challenges, and will work our hardest to introduce biodegradable and reusable alternatives, as well as the potential benefits of the proposed ordinance, through our partnership as we accomplish this goal collaboratively as Gloucester citizens.