BOSTON (July 5, 10:15 a.m. ET) — A bill in Massachusetts would require many retail establishments to give out plastic bags only if they are made of compostable plastic.
Senate Bill 2314 was approved by a joint House and Senate committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. The bill would apply to retail locations with 4,000 square feet or more or have at least three locations within the state. It would also apply to a retail pharmacy with at least five locations in the state or supermarkets that had annual gross sales in excess of $1 million during the previous tax year.
The bill allows businesses to continue to hand out paper bags.