Introduced by Zero Waste Arlington, on May 4, 2022 Arlington Town Meeting passed a bylaw to prohibit the retail sale of non-carbonated, non-flavored water in plastic bottles of one liter or less. The ban will apply to businesses, nonprofits, private organizations, and to Town-owned buildings, including schools, effective November 1, 2022 (pending approval from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office). 

The purpose of this bylaw is to protect the environment and public health, reduce litter, and reduce the Town’s carbon footprint. Moreover, the plastic pollution caused by un-recycled single-use water bottles sold in Arlington will be eliminated.

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