Amherst bans single-use plastic bags, joining more than 24 other Massachusetts communities

Town Meeting approved the measure 110-30.

AMHERST - Amherst has become the latest community to ban the use of single-use plastic bags after Town Meeting agreed to the petition request in a 110 to 30 vote.

The ban will take effect Jan. 1, 2017.

In 2012, Town Meeting voted to ban the use of polystyrene containers.

Kevin Hollerbach, a member of the town's Recycling & Refuse Management Committee, brought the article to the meeting.

It was endorsed by

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