Sandwich and Yarmouth latest to adopt Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban

Ten towns on Cape Cod have approved municipal ban measures. More to follow.
Supporters of municipal ban on single use plastic bottled beverages stand outside Sandwich High School. (Sustainable Practices courtesy photo)

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. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on