• Single-Use Plastics Ban

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  • Nantucket’s Single-Use Plastics Ban, beginning June 1, 2020, prohibits these single-use petroleum based plastic products from being commercially used, sold or distributed:

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  • At a Special Town Meeting held on October 10, 2018, Town Meeting voted to adopt a bylaw banning certain single-use plastics from commercial sale or distribution, effective June 1, 2020. The bylaw was approved by the Attorney General and an internal Town Administration group is currently working on a public outreach campaign to educate the public and affected businesses as to the ban.

    The bylaw prohibits the following single-use, petroleum-basedplastic products from being commercially sold or distributed:

    • Straws and drink stirrers
    • Six-pack can and bottle flexible yokes
    • Drinking cups and lids
    • Non-compostable plates and eating utensils
    • Drinking water in polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) containers of 1 liter (34 ounces) or less. Note: most single-use plastic water bottles are made of PETE, identifiable by the plastic resin code
    • Non-recyclable coffee pods

    Please note, biodegradable packaging is already required under Nantucket’s 1990 Biodegradable Packaging Bylaw(§ 125-2.1).

    Click here for the Sinlge-Use Plastics Bylaw.


  • Choose reusable options!

    Here are some ideas to help Nantucket reduce plastic pollution:
     
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  • Choose refillable water bottles. There are many water stations on Island. You can also switch your plastic bottles for glass or boxed water options. 

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  • Choose refillable coffee pods for your brewing machine. Always use reusable mugs. The Chamber has recycling for all Keurig cups, please set up a time to drop them off!

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  • Use reusable straws. There are many options: glass, stainless steel, silicone, and bamboo - or leave the straw all together!

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