In the fall of 2016, the Salem City Council passed a Plastic Bag Ordinance that restricts the use of single use plastic bags by all retail and food establishments in the City of Salem. With this action, Salem joins 42 cities and towns in Massachusetts, including the nearby communities of Marblehead, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Hamilton, and Ipswich in restricting the use of
plastic shopping bags.
The Ordinance will go into effect January 2018.
Overview of the Ordinance
The ordinance restricts the use of single use plastic bags by all retail and food establishments in the City of Salem. This will affect any commercial establishment, whether for profit or nonprofit, any and all food vendors and retail stores. The ordinance seeks to promote the use of reusable checkout bags by retail establishments located in Salem as well as to reduce the number of single use plastic bags that are being used, discarded and littered on our streets.
During 2017, SalemRecycles volunteers helped city residents and businesses prepare for the 2018 bag ban. A letter outlining details of the ordinance was sent to each business in Salem. Volunteers were present at community events such as the Salem Arts Festival and Farmers’ Market in order to answer questions. At our recycling events, we’ve either swapped reusable bags or handed out free homemade bags to participants. For more information see our blog post here.
Learn how to make your own reusable bags.
Salem Arts Festival: DIY T-shirt To Tote maker table
SalemRecycles had a DIY Turn a T-shirt to Tote bag (no sew) Maker table at this year’s Salem Arts Festival on June 3rd & 4th. We collected clean, old or used T-shirts for the event and folks also brought their own T-shirts. Our volunteers showed several ways to transform them into reusable tote bags for shopping needs.
Some shopping bag myths debunked.
Plastic bags are better than paper bags.
Bag laws hurt local businesses.
Bag laws hurt the poor.