In Massachusetts, in the Connecticut River basin: Amherst, Athol, Longmeadow, Northampton, & South Hadley have banned single-use plastic bags for retail operations. Amherst, Greenfield and South Hadley have banned single-use, plastic foam take-out containers. Northampton has a proposed ban on single-use plastics. A statewide ban on polystyrene/Styrofoam is currently in the works.
In Connecticut: No towns in the Connecticut River watershed have banned plastic bags. No polystyrene legislation currently exists. A state-wide plastic bag ban has been proposed.
In Vermont: Brattleboro bans plastic bags. No towns in the Connecticut River watershed ban polystyrene, although the town of Lee (outside the watershed) does. The state legislature is considering a statewide ban on plastic bags.
In New Hampshire: No towns have plastic bag bans because town governments cannot create bans without state approval. No polystyrene legislation currently exists. Portsmouth (outside the watershed) has voted to pass a ban but cannot enforce it.