Scituate votes to ban single-use plastic bags

Starting March 1, stores in Scituate will no longer be allowed to provide plastic bags at checkout.

A Special Town Meeting voted on Nov. 14 to ban single-use plastic bags, making Scituate part of a growing number of communities outlawing them as a way to protect the environment.

According to the Mass Green Network, 85 other municipalities in the state have restricted use of plastic bags, including Andover, Arlington, Belmont, Beverly, Cohasset, Concord, Duxbury, Framingham, Gloucester, Haverhill, Ipswich, Marshfield, Plymouth, and Wellesley.

Scituate’s Special Town Meeting also approved up to $4 million in seawall repairs and $1.25 million on repairs to the town water treatment plant.


Residents voted to use $609,000 in local Community Preservation Act funds to buy MacDonald Farm on Sunset Road on First Cliff, the area of town that juts into the ocean. The 4.8-acre property is the last remaining large, undeveloped, privately owned parcel of land on First Cliff, according to town officials who supported the purchase.

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