No More Plastic Sporks: Mass. Town to Ban Disposable Bottles, Food Wares

The town of Rockport, Massachusetts will ban the distribution of disposable water bottles and single-use food wares starting in 2021, according to a report.

Two articles banning disposable water bottles and plastic food wares, respectively, were approved at a town hall meeting Monday, the Gloucester Times reported.

Eateries will be banned from using single-use bowls, plates, trays, cartons, cups, lids, straws, forks, sporks and knives, as well as plastic wrap, the newspaper said.

Stores will be required to sell water in bottles that are 100 percent compostable or at least 50 percent biodegradable.

The measures argued that plastics contribute to "pollution of the land environment, waterways, and oceans," contribute "to the harm and premature death of marine animals through ingestion," the paper reported.

The town already has already implemented a ban on thin-film plastic bags.

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