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Rockport Single Use Plastic Ban

In Rockport, Seaside Sustainability presented a proposal banning 15+ single-use plastics from businesses, and will be the proud witness of its coming into effect.

As of January 2021, disposable food ware such as all food and beverage containers, bowls, plates, trays, cartons, cups, lids, straws, stirrers, forks, spoons, knives, film wrap and plastic water bottles will be banned. This is one of the most comprehensive bans in the country, and we hope that a lot of other cities will follow Rockports lead.


Timeline:

  • On September 17th, 2018, residents voted "yes" to the proposal at town hall meeting. After the vote, the ban received a generally positive public response.

  • On Sep 27th, 2018, Seaside hosted an event to educate business owners about affordable compostable and reusable alternatives to plastic.

  • Plastic bag and straw stirrer bylaw - PASSED March 2019

  • Starting from March 2019, compliance will be monitored by the Rockport Board of Health. The most comprehensive single-use plastics ban in the USA banning 15+ single-use plastics - PROPOSED November 2019

Partners: Denise Donnelly, Leslie Whalen, & The Rockport Green Team


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