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On Monday, the Newton City Council approved an ordinance that will require stores to charge a ten cent fee to all paper bags and also expanded the city’s plastic bag ban to include more stores and thicker bag.

Once again, the initiative was championed by Councilor Alison Leary who told the TAB that she will now be turning the council’s attention to the following…


  • Requiring stores only give straws by request.
  • Straws should be compostable or reusable.
  • Having water-filling stations on every floor of the Newton Public Schools
  • Requiring foodware to be biodegrada