NEW YORK — Massachusetts is now one of the most carbon neutral states in the nation, and it has set a new goal to eliminate the use of plastic bags by 2050.
On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection unveiled the “Clean Boston Plan” for environmental protection.
This plan is the culmination of a $1.4 billion investment in environmental protection from the state’s coffers since 2012.
This new plan will see Massachusetts become one of just eight states with a statewide plan to reduce plastic pollution.
This new effort will help us achieve our goal to reduce the amount of plastic in our environment, which is about 70 billion pieces per year.
The goal is to reduce these plastic pieces by at least 25 percent.
The Massachusetts plan is expected to result in an increase in Massachusetts’ carbon emissions by about 5 percent over current levels by 2050, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The plan calls for the elimination of more than 2.4 million metric tons of plastic waste each year, a reduction of nearly 17 percent from current levels.
The Massachusetts plan calls on the state to work with local and federal governments to reduce litter and plastic debris, which are two of the top two causes of litter in Massachusetts.
The Clean Boston Plan will be an important tool in reducing plastic pollution throughout the state.
“The goal of the Massachusetts plan was to have the state do a statewide cleanup,” said Lisa A. DeLong, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts department of environmental protection and a former Massachusetts environmental justice commissioner.
“We are doing that, and we are very proud of it.
We have had an incredible response from people all across the state.”
The Clean Boston plan is modeled after the Massachusetts Clean Air Plan.
It was approved by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker last year.
This legislation was based on the Clean Air Act of 1990, which requires all public buildings and facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2020, a goal that has been met by nearly 80 percent of all cities in the United States.
The goal for Massachusetts is to achieve this goal by 2050 in a manner that will help save money and time for the state, said DeLong.
In order to meet this goal, the plan calls upon Massachusetts to reduce its plastic waste and reduce litter in all forms, including paper, glass, cardboard, aluminum, plastic, and other forms of plastic.
In a press release, the state department of environment said, “By 2050, Massachusetts will be one of only eight states that will eliminate plastic waste from our environment.
This goal is one of a number of goals set by the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Commission and is part of our ongoing commitment to reduce our environmental footprint.
By eliminating plastic waste, we can save money, reduce litter, and save the health of our communities and workers.”
The plan also includes $250 million for the implementation of the state Clean Water Act, which will improve the quality of our waterways and create more sustainable and resilient communities, according the Massachusetts state environmental justice agency.
The state is also investing in clean energy technologies.
In January, the agency released a $50 million investment in renewable energy.
In addition, the department has pledged $500 million in clean technology grants to businesses and organizations across the Commonwealth.
The plan calls attention to the importance of reducing waste, and is designed to encourage the development of a clean energy infrastructure to support businesses, local governments, and businesses across the nation.