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The reduction in the use of disposable plastic bags by retail establishments in the town of Winchester (the “town”) is a public purpose that has positive impacts on the environment, including, but not limited to: reducing solid waste, minimizing litter, and protecting local waterways and wildlife.

The purpose of this bylaw is to protect the town’s unique natural beauty and natural resources by reducing the number of disposable plastic bags provided by all retail establishments in the town by prohibiting, after a reasonable phase-in period, the distribution or sale of disposable, plastic checkout bags and promoting the use of reusable bags. (STM Art. 2, 4/30/2018.)