Plastic Straw Ban

Plastic straw bans in Massachusetts (as of 10/14/19)

  • Andover
  • Brookline
  • Chelmsford
  • Gloucester
  • Harwich
  • Lexington
  • Melrose (straws only available upon request)
  • Provincetown
  • Rockport
  • Swampscott

McDonald’s and Starbucks have vowed to phase out plastic straws by 2020.

State-wide Bans

  • California is the only state to do so.  A law signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown last year bars full-service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic straws.  Cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle have imposed even more restrictive bans that include fast food venues.


10/15/19 – Massachusetts lawmakers considering statewide ban on plastic straws

10/14/19 – Ban on plastic straws weighed [by Massachusetts Lawmakers]

08/26/19 – Swampscott plastic-straw ban begins in September

05/28/19 – Plastic straws are out in Swampscott, Salem eateries also trading plastic for paper

08/10/19 – BOSTON GLOBE ARGUMENT: Should cities and towns ban plastic straws?


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