Plastic Bag Ban

Eliminating single-use plastic bags in Needham

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Needham has an opportunity to join 55 other Massachusetts communities – including our neighbors Natick, Newton and Wellesley – in implementing a ban on single-use plastic bags. This effort was initiated by a team of Needham High School seniors in 2016. Green Needham has assembled a team to see this very worthwhile project through to a successful conclusion.

Our Projects

Secure passage of a Town By-Law eliminating single-use plastic checkout bags

  • Work with the Board of Selectmen and the Town Manager to place a by-law on the warrant for the May 2018 Annual Town Meeting that would eiminate single-use plastic checkout bags
  • Work with Needham’s retail businesses to understand and address their concerns about the elimination of single-use plastic bags; find and help implement solutions to those concerns
  • Gain the support of other town boards and committees – Board of Health, Finance Committee, Economic Development Advisory Committee and others
  • Advocate for and gain support from Town Meeting members to secure passage of the by-law at May 2018 Annual Town Meeting

Help residents and retailers embrace reusable bags and packaging for all their shopping

  • We don’t want to just get rid of something “bad” (single-use plastic bags), we want to make it possible and easy for everyone to embrace bringing and using “reusable” bags and packaging for all their shopping.

What you can do:

  • Remember your reusable bags when you shop!
  • Let merchants know you support eliminating single-use plastic bags
  • Once a proposed by-law is under discussion by Town Boards, let them know you support it.
  • Once a by-law is on the Town Meeting warrant, let your Town Members know you support it.

Get Involved:

If you would like to join the team or help this effort in any way, please contact Rob Fernandez, Green Needham’s team leader for the Plastic Bag Ban project.


  • Why a plastic bag ban?
    Explains why plastic bags are a problem, the benefits of banning plastic bags and the original proposal developed by the student team.
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