Auburn Selectman Tristan LaLiberte is proposing a town-wide ban on the use of plastic bags by local businesses. The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on the subject on Monday, March 19th at 7:00 PM in the Board of Selectmen’s Room on the 2nd Floor of Town Hall. The purpose of the hearing is to solicit input and feedback from residents, businesses and taxpayers on a proposed plastic bag ban bylaw as presented by LaLiberte to the Board of Selectmen on February 26, 2018.

LaLiberte hopes Auburn joins Grafton and Shewsbury as Central Mass communities that have implemented a ban. Statewide, about 60 communities have banned plastic bags including Boston, Natick and Framingham. Most single use plastic shopping bags in use today are not biodegradable, meaning they remain for very long periods of time in the environment. Plastic bags improperly included in curbside recycling bins also frequently cause recycling equipment shutdowns and even machine damage.

Auburn residents, businesses, and taxpayers – as well as board and commission members – are encouraged to attend the meeting or to provide written comments prior to the public hearing so that the Board can make an informed decision regarding this issue.

Please send any written comments to the Board of Selectmen, 102 Central Street, Auburn, MA 01501. Comments can also be sent electronically to by 12:00 noon on March 19, 2018. Please write “Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw comments” in the subject line.

Below are documents presented to the Board of Selectmen at the February 26th meeting:

Plastic Bag Ban Research Report presented by Selectman Tristan LaLiberte
Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw presentation presented by Selectman Tristan LaLiberte

Additional Information from Selectman LaLiberte: Chart of Plastic Bag Ban Towns in Massachusetts

For further information or if you have any questions, please call the Board of Selectmen’s Office at 508.832.7720.