From Planning to Passing: The Amherst, Massachusetts Plastic Bag Ban

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This case study details the background and influences for a plastic bag ban in the town of Amherst, outlines the steps taken from planning to passage, and addresses roadblocks and missteps that may be avoided with the implementation of future bans. This document not only serves as a guide, but also as an inspiration for additional local action in Massachusetts and across the country. No matter the national political climate or attitude towards environmental issues, local action is always possible, and change is usually easier than you think. Think globally, act locally!


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