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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1668         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 369

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Brian A. Joyce

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act prohibiting polystyrene packaging by 2017.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Brian A. Joyce

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1668        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 369

By Mr. Joyce, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 369) of Brian A. Joyce for legislation to prohibit polystyrene packaging by 2017.  Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act prohibiting polystyrene packaging by 2017.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection shall promulgate regulations to prohibit the use of plastic carryout bags by the year 2017.  For purposes of this act, “plastic carryout bag” means a plastic carryout bag provided by a store to a customer at the point of sale for the purpose of carrying purchased items from the store. “Plastic carryout bag” shall not include plastic bags in which loose produce is placed by the customer to deliver such items to the point of sale area of a store.  This act shall not prohibit compostable plastic carryout bags, which conform to the current ASTM-Standard Specifications for compostability and is certified and labeled as meeting the ASTM-Standard by a recognized verification entity such as the Biodegradable Product Institute.

              The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection shall promulgate regulations to enforce this act

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