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After years of debate, Boston Beacon Hill plastic bag ban has arrived. Boston Beacon Hill joined more than 87 other Massachusetts cities and towns in limiting the use of disposable plastic bags.  As we try to get used to this change, we can feel good knowing that we are helping to limit the damage these thin bags do to our waterways, trash and sewage systems, and wildlife and human health.

The new rules prevent the use of the thin, plastic bags with carry handles, such as in a grocery store or takeout order in Beacon Hill.  Instead, retailers must offer paper bags (with at least 40-percent recycled paper), compostable bags, or reusable thicker plastic bags, and they must charge at least 5 cents for each.

The rules are being phased in with the largest retailers and mid-size stores beginning April 1, 2019, and the smallest businesses coming last on July 1, 2019.  (There are a few exemptions that you can learn more about it by clicking here.

The ‘bag ban’ does not include plastic newspaper bags, plastic wrapping on food, dry cleaning bags or trash bags.  It also does not include dog waste disposal bags, although dog owners can be friends to the environment by choosing to buy biodegradable waste bags (readily available at Amazon and other pet supply stores).

We are encouraged to see Boston’s Beacon Hill trying to limit single use plastics and hope this effort leads to healthier outcomes in our neighborhood and our city.

Source: Beacon Hill Times

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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