Massachusetts is slated to become the first state in the nation to ban state agencies from purchasing single-use plastic bottles, Democratic Gov. Maura Healey announced at a climate change event.
“In government, we have an obligation to stop contributing to this damage and chart a better path forward,” Healey said Monday in New York City, according to the Boston Globe. “So we are proud to become the first state to adopt a procurement ban on single-use plastic bottles.”
Healey delivered a keynote speech Monday for the Clinton Global Initiative during New York’s “Climate Week” and announced she would be signing an executive order later this week banning state agencies from purchasing single-use plastic bottles. The governor said the plan is intended to help protect oceans and the climate.
She is expected to sign the executive order on Thursday, when she will explain the ban in more detail, the Boston Globe reported. The ban will take immediate effect.