Brewster, MA - Municipal restrictions on the purchase and sale of single-use plastic beverage bottles were approved by voters in Sandwich and Yarmouth this week. Sandwich passed a bottle ban bylaw at town meeting Monday night after dozens of high school students participated in a pre-meeting gathering in favor of the measure. Yarmouth followed suit at its town meeting on Tuesday. The towns are the latest to support a Cape-wide municipal plastic bottle ban effort led by the Brewster-based nonprofit group, Sustainable Practices.
Municipal bans had already been approved this spring in Provincetown, Wellfleet, Harwich, Chatham, and Orleans. Add Sandwich, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster, and Eastham – which approved municipal ban measures this fall – and 10 towns have come out in favor of reducing plastic bottle usage. Falmouth, Barnstable, and Truro are expected to consider bottle ban measures before the end of this year. Sustainable Practices continues to support similar efforts in Mashpee and Bourne to complete its Cape-wide coverage. The organization continues to actively promote awareness of how convenience consumption harms the environment and how changing our behavior can help it.
“We are excited by our results this year,” noted Madhavi Venkatesan, Sustainable Practices’ executive director. “Our municipal efforts are a significant first step to reducing not only our local plastic footprint but also increasing awareness of the impact of convenience consumption. The municipal plastic bottle ban places our town governments across the Cape in a leadership by example position.”
The municipal plastic bottle ban eliminates the purchase of single-use plastic bottled beverages and the sale of beverages in single-use plastic containers on town property. Sustainable Practices plans to expand its efforts to cover the commercial sale of plastic beverage bottles this Spring.