Health Department

Coonamesset Pond advisory

On the Town of Falmouth November 2018 Warrant there was a petitioners article that passed to ban the use of polystyrene foam (a.k.a. Styrofoam) for use as a disposable food packaging. The article was approved by the Attorney General’s office on February 21st. The Falmouth Health Department was deemed the enforcement agency for this bylaw. Beginning September 82019, please cease using disposable Styrofoam-type single use containers. This includes coffee cups and take out containers. Items in original manufacturer’s containers or shipping that may have Styrofoam and/or other polystyrene foam pieces are exempt. Please contact our department if you have any questions.


150 yrs public health

Did you know that Paul Revere was the president of America's first Board of Health, established in 1799? And that the first use of smallpox vaccine in the Western Hemisphere was in Cambridge, MA in 1800? The Massachusetts Department of Public Health celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. To learn more about the history of public health in the Commonwealth, view the list of public health milestones or visit

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