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Posted on: August 10, 2021

Plastic Bottle Ban

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The Town of Provincetown’s Single Use Plastic Bottle Ban takes effect on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. 

The Town adopted the Single Use Plastic Bottle Ban at the September 2020 Annual Town Meeting.

Bottle Ban

The Town of Provincetown prohibits the sale or distribution of Single-Use Plastic Bottles. 


The ban applies to all non-carbonated, unflavored drinking water in single-use plastic bottles of less than one gallon in the Town of Provincetown.

Establishments found in violation of this bylaw are subject to fines of written warning for first offense, $150 for second offense and $300 for each violation thereafter.


General Bylaw:

13-9. Single Use Plastic Bottle Ban
13-9-1. Intentions and Findings.
13-9-2. Definitions

“Plastic bottle” shall mean a beverage container made from any type of plastic resin.
13-9-3. Use Regulations
It shall be unlawful to sell non-carbonated, unflavored drinking water in single-use plastic bottles of less than one gallon in the Town of Provincetown. Enforcement of this regulation will begin September 1, 2021. Sales or distribution of non-carbonated, unflavored drinking water in single-use plastic bottles occurring subsequent to a declaration of emergency (by the Emergency Management Director or other duly authorized Town, County, Commonwealth or Federal Officer) affecting the availability and/or quality of drinking water to residents of the Town shall be exempt from this bylaw until seven days after the declaration has ended.
13-9-4. Administration and Enforcement
Enforcement of this regulation will begin September 1, 2021. Enforcement of this article shall be the responsibility of the Town Manager or his/her designee. The Town Manager shall determine the inspection process to be followed, incorporating the process into other Town duties as appropriate. Any establishment conducting sales in violation of this article shall be subject to a non-criminal disposition fine as specified in GL Chapter 40 Section 21D. The following penalties apply:

First Violation: Written warning
Second Violation: $150 fine
Third and subsequent violations: $300 fine


Each day a violation continues constitutes a separate violation, incurring additional fines. Any such fines collected shall be payable to the Town of Provincetown.
All businesses will be routinely inspected until the Town Manager deems the inspection to no longer be required; or to take any other action relative thereto.

13-9-5. Severability
If any provision of this bylaw is declared invalid, or unenforceable, the other provisions shall not be affected thereby.

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