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    Hawaii - Honolulutop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/10/2012
    Plastic Summary Banned
    Paper Summary Requirements: No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW
    Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of paper specifically designed for multiple use or long term use.
    Stores Affected "Business" means any commercial enterprise or establishment, including an individual proprietorship, joint venture, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit, with annual gross sales and includes all employees of the business or any independent contractors associated with the business.
    Fees None
    Comply Date 07/01/2015
    Ordinance Bill 10 (2012)
    Notes 2017-05-30: Notes: Honolulu City council is considering amendments to its bag ordinance to allow and mandate a $0.10 charge to certain compostable and resuable bags.
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    Updated May 30, 2017

    Maine - Statewide Legislationtop

    Status Failed
    Notes Minimizes the use of plastic bags.
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    Updated May 31, 2017

    Massachusetts - Arlingtontop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/26/2017
    Plastic Summary 4.0 mils
    Paper Summary Recyclable Paper Bag: A paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40 percent post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words "Recyclable" and "made from [at least] 40% post-consumer recyclable content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag
    Reusable Definition Reusable Bag: A sewn bag with stitched handles that is: specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; manufactured from polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material excluding polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride; and which also meets the following requirements: (1) Can carry at least 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) Is machine washable or is made of a material that can be cleaned or disinfected at least 125 times; and (3) Is at least 4 millimeters thick.
    Stores Affected Any commercial enterprise, whether for or not-for-profit, including, but not limited to the following: restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, household goods stores and any other business that offers the sale and display of merchandise.
    Comply Date 03/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 9
    Updated May 30, 2017

    Massachusetts - Bedfordtop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 03/25/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.5 mil
    Reusable Definition "Reusable bag" means a bag, with handles, that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of thick plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected "Business establishment" means the following business uses as defined in Section 4.5 of the Bedford Zoning Bylaw: a retail store; supermarket and general department store; restaurant; and take out retail.
    Comply Date 10/01/2017
    Ordinance Article 59
    Updated May 30, 2017

    Massachusetts - Gloucestertop

    Status Pending
    Updated May 31, 2017

    Massachusetts - Graftontop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/08/2017
    Paper Summary A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content.
    Reusable Definition 1) Is made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, other washable material or of non-toxic plastic. 2) Is specifically designed for multiple reuse and has handles.
    Stores Affected An establishment means any business selling goods, articles, or personal services to the public, including restaurants with a gross interior space of 3000 square feet or larger; or business having at least 2 locations under the same ownership or brand name within the Town of Grafton.
    Comply Date 07/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 37
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    Updated May 30, 2017

    Massachusetts - Oak Bluffstop

    Status Pending
    Updated May 31, 2017

    Massachusetts - South Hadleytop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/11/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary (1) Bags that contain no polymers derived from fossil fuels; and (2) Are intended for single use and will decompose in a natural setting to an environmentally beneficial material at a rate comparable to other biodegradable materials such as paper, leaves, and food waste.
    Reusable Definition (1) Bags that have a thickness greater than 4.0 mils and are specifically designed for multiple use and are made of thick recyclable plastic, cloth, fabric or other durable materials that do not decompose into harmful chemical components. A reusable bag may be recyclable or compostable and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.
    Stores Affected All places of business located within the Town of South Hadley where a service, specialized or professional work is offered to the public, regardless of whether there is a charge for the service.
    Comply Date 07/01/2018
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    Updated May 31, 2017

    Massachusetts - Sudburytop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/01/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary "Recyclable paper bag" shall mean a paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays in a visible manner on the outside of the bag (1) the word "recyclable" or a symbol identifying the bag as recyclable and (2) a label identifying the bag as being made from post- consumer recycled content and the percentage of postconsumer recycled content in the bag.
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Check-out bag" shall mean a sewn bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse and that (1) can carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) is machine washable; and, (3) is either (a) made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) made of durable, non-toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material that is more than 4 mils thick.
    Stores Affected "Retail Establishment" shall mean any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
    Comply Date 01/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 35
    Updated May 31, 2017

    Massachusetts - Waylandtop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/02/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mils
    Paper Summary Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, and displays the words "recyclable" and "made from 40% post-consumer recycled content" in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition Reusable checkout bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or other durable material, or durable plastic that is at least 4.0 Mils in thickness.
    Stores Affected Retail Store means any business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses.
    Comply Date 01/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 23
    Updated May 31, 2017

    Massachusetts - Westontop

    Status Pending
    Updated May 31, 2017

    Massachusetts - Yarmouthtop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/06/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
    Paper Summary Paper bags with or without handles provided at the point of sale to a customer of an Establishment for use to transport or carry away purchases, such as merchandise, goods or food, etc. and that (1) are one hundred percent (100%) recyclable, and (2) contain a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled paper content, and (3) have all the following information printed in a visible manner on the outside of the bag: the word "recyclable," the name and country of the manufacturer, and the percentage of postconsumer recycled paper content.
    Reusable Definition A bag specifically designed and manufactured for long term, multiple reuses made of cloth, fabric or other durable, washable materials.
    Stores Affected Any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including public eating establishments and take-out restaurants.
    Comply Date 05/01/2018
    Ordinance Article 31
    Updated May 31, 2017

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