Lawmakers propose a ban on plastic containers in restaurants


BOSTON (WWLP) – There’s a new proposal to ban single-use plastic in Massachusetts restaurants.

The city of Springfield is about to join dozens of communities that have already banned plastic bags, but now state lawmakers want to take that a step further by banning plastic packaging.

Massachusetts residents expressed their concerns to the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture on Tuesday.

They proposed ideas to clean up rivers, conserve large portions of land and reduce plastic waste. 

“This legislation is about promoting sustainable food service ware so that any sort of takeout packaging or utensils would either be reusable, biodegradable, compostable, or recyclable,” Representative Mike Connoly of Somerville said. 

Lawmakers said the proposal would be rolled out in a way that would give restaurants enough time to change their take-out containers from plastic to a more eco-friendly material. 

Through this bill, legislators also hope to incentivize companies to make products that are both affordable and good for the environment. 

No decision on that bill today, but lawmakers said their colleagues have expressed interest in working together to come up with reasonable environmental solutions. 

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