Needham’s Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Selectmen’s Chambers at the Needham Town Hall to gather input about a new plastic check-out bag policy. The board is currently considering a proposal to encourage larger stores to voluntarily eliminate their use of plastic bags for checkout.
Green Needham’s Bag Ban Team endorses a mandatory ban, and we urge you to attend the hearing and encourage the Selectmen to adopt this more straight-forward approach.
The reasons for eliminating the use of single-use plastic check-out bags are clear, as we outlined in a recent Boston Globe article. The Board of Selectmen understands the issue and is committed to reducing their impact on the community. Green Needham Collaborative is advocating for a mandatory ban because it is easier to implement and consistent with how the other 60 towns in Massachusetts have moved forward in cutting single-use plastic bag consumption.
Please join us in supporting this initiative by attending the public hearing and letting your voice be heard. You can provide written comments to the Board of Selectmen, c/o Needham Town Hall, 1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA or by email. In addition, please share the word about the public hearing and encourage your friends and family to attend.