On Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, from 11am – 3pm, volunteers from City Hall, the Waste Reduction Committee and the Bring Your Own Bag Committee will be at the 4 major grocery stores in Beverly handing out free reusable shopping bags. Please come by and get your 2 free bags at Stop & Shop (Elliot Street), Stop & Shop (Enon Street), Shaw’s and Henry’s Market.
On Monday, June 18, 2018, the Bring You Own Bag Ordinance was passed by the Beverly City Council with a unanimous vote of 9-0. On January 1, 2019, the City’s plastic bag ordinance goes into effect. Learn more about what that means for you below.
Plastic Bag Ordinance Basics
- No retail establishment in the city of Beverly shall provide Single-Use Plastic Checkout Bags to any customer for the purpose of enabling the customer to carry away goods from the point of sale.
- If a retail establishment provides or offers any checkout bags to customers, such bags shall be either a Recyclable Paper Bag or a Reusable Bag.
WHAT THE ORDINANCE APPLIES TO:
- Single-Use Plastic Checkout Bags
- a carryout bag made predominantly of plastic derived from either petroleum, natural gas, or a biologically based source, such as corn or other plant sources, which is provided to a customer at the point of sale and which is 4.0 mils (0.1016 mm) in thickness or less
THE ORDINANCE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- newspaper bags
- laundry or dry-cleaner bags
- produce bags
- bags to contain or wrap frozen foods, meat or fish
TYPES OF BAGS RETAILERS CAN PROVIDE TO CUSTOMERS:
- Recyclable Paper Bag (examples shown below):
- 100% recyclable
- contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content
- displays the words “Recyclable” and “made from 40% post-consumer recyclable content” in a visible manner on the outside of the bag
- Reusable Bag:
- designed and manufactured to use more than once
- made of either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or durable plastic that is greater than 4.0 mils in thickness
START DATES FOR ENFORCEMENT:
- Inspections will begin January 1, 2018
- Enforcement will managed by the Beverly Health Department
- Initial violation: warning (one time only – 30 days to resolve)
- Second violation: $25 fine (each day in violation)
- Subsequent violations: no warning, $50 fine (each day in violation)
- Ordinance: Chapter 244 Solid Waste, Article VI Bring Your Own Bag
- November 29th Community Meeting Presentation