In Massachusetts, over 100 cities and towns have passed plastic bans. In the Connecticut River basin these towns include: Amherst, Athol, Becket, Buckland (proposed), Greenfield, Longmeadow, Northampton, South Hadley, and Springfield 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: A state-wide plastic bag ban was recently passed into law. No polystyrene legislation currently exists.
In Vermont: A state-wide plastic ban was recently passed into law. It includes single-use plastic bags, straws, drink stirrers, foam food & drink containers.
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.