This January marks two years since the Town of Wellesley’s plastic bag bylaw went into effect, making the community the 20th municipality in Massachusetts to ban plastic check out bags at retail establishments and set specific guidelines for paper bags.
Currently there are 88 cities and towns in the Commonwealth that have adopted plastic bag regulations.
To remind residents of Wellesley’s bag ban bylaw, members of Wellesley Girl Scout Troop #73505 are working with the Board of Selectmen and the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) on a campaign to encourage shoppers to reduce waste and use reusable shopping bags.
The project is part of a Girl Scout Silver Award completed by Hannah Cronin, Lily McDonough, and Georgia Webster with the guidance of parent Sally Webster.
In support of the Girl Scouts’ efforts, the Board of Selectmen has once again declared the month of January as Bring Your Own (BYO) Bag Month.
To increase community awareness, the girls will be handing out reusable bags provided by the NRC at the Wellesley Roche Brothers on Tuesday, January 15, from 3 to 4:15 p.m. and at the Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF) on Saturday, January 26, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Learn about the benefits of reducing plastic use and take home a free reusable bag!