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    Recent Bag Legislation

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    Mill Valleytop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 10/21/2013
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
    Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
    Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
    Stores Affected
    Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the unincorporated area of the County: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some ...view more items; (2) A store of at least 10,000 square feet of retail space that generates sales or use tax pursuant to the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law ( Part 1.5(commencing section 7200) of Division 2 of the Revenue And Taxation Code) and that has a pharmacy licensed pursuant to Chapter 9 (commencing the section 4000) of Division 2 of the Business of Professions Code; or (3) A drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience store, food mart, or other entity engaged in the retail sale of goods that include milk, bread, soda and snack foods, including those stores with a Type 20 and 21 license issued by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control or (4) Any other person, corporation, partnership, business, facility, vendor, organization or individual, not included under subsections (1) through (3) above, that sells or provides merchandise, goods, materials or other tangible items (such as, clothing, food, or personal items of any kind) directly to a customer including, without limitation, any department store, hardware store, restaurant, catering truck, vendor at a farmers market or city-sponsored event, and any other retail store or vendor. view less
    Fees Paper Fee: $0.05 per bag.
    Comply Date 04/22/2014
    Ordinance Title 7, 7.40
    Notes 9/11/2013 Had first reading late last month. Scheduled to have second reading later this month.
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    Updated March 17, 2017

    Statewide Legislationtop

    Status Pending
    Ordinance HB6313
    Notes Notes: As of March 2, 2017 Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office. 1/25/2016 State Senator T Kennedy Jr. plans to bring back his bag bill in the CT Joint EnvironmentCommittee in 2016 session. This would include a $0.05 fee on plastic bags until 2017, and then banning them outright in 2018.
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    Updated March 03, 2017

    Wiltontop

    Status Inactive
    Notes Since 2010
    Updated March 03, 2017

    Statewide Legislationtop

    Status Pending
    Ordinance HB 31, HB 1572
    Notes Prohibits stores from providing plastic bags to customers. Requires stores to charge fee of 10 cents for each paper bag provided to customers. Stores must give customers 5 cents credit for each carryout bag the customer provides. In Senate; First Reading Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs and Finance
    Updated March 02, 2017

    Statewide Legislationtop

    Status Pending
    Ordinance HB 424
    Notes Notes: 7/1/2016 Currently with the Environment, Natural Resources and Agricultural department. 3/18/2016 House Bill 663 was recently ammended to include the following: ban on plastic bags starting in 2018 and will not preempt any of the existing local laws. This Bill will likely also be getting a new number. Still in process. 2/5/2016 The Joint Committee on Environmental, Natural Resources and Agriculture is showing interest in passing a bag bill 663 out of committee. The bill places a minimum 10 cent fee on paper bags and bans plastic bags. The Bill will be sent to the House Ways & Means committee for consideration. In 2015 the MA House declared they would not pass any new taxes n 2016. However, the states wants to find a way to have a statewide ban on bags instead of dealing with different local laws.
    Updated March 15, 2017

    Bedfordtop

    Status Pending
    Updated March 01, 2017

    Duxburytop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 03/03/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Paper Summary Recyclable Paper Bag: A Recyclable Paper Bag means a bag that is: (1) 100% recyclable; and (2) contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content.
    Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag: A Reusable Carryout Bag means one that satisfies all of the following requirements: 1. It is made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, other washable material; or of a non-toxic plastic (as defined by applicable state and federal regulations) that is no less than 3 mils thick; and 2. It is specifically designed for reuse.
    Stores Affected An Establishment means any business selling goods, articles, or personal services to the public, including but not limited to restaurants.
    Ordinance Article 42
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    Updated March 13, 2017

    Franklintop

    Status Pending
    Updated March 05, 2017

    Lincolntop

    Status Pending
    Updated March 03, 2017

    Naticktop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 02/15/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.0 mil
    Reusable Definition "Reusable bag" means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected Retail establishment means any commercial enterprise, defined as the following: whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores, including food service establishments.
    Comply Date 08/01/2017
    Ordinance Chapter 27
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    Updated March 15, 2017

    Salemtop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 02/28/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick
    Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and is either polyethlene, polyester, cotton or other durable material. and meets the following requirements: (1) has a minimum life capacity of over 125 times and can comfortably carry 25 pounds; machine washable fabric; and has a thickness greater than 4.0 millimeters.
    Stores Affected "Retail Establishment" any commercial business facility that sells goods directly to the consumer including but not limited to grocery store, pharmacies, liquor stores, mini marts ad retail stores and vendors selling clothing, food and personal items.
    Comply Date 01/01/2018
    Ordinance Chapter 14
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    Updated March 15, 2017

    Sandwichtop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 01/28/2017
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick
    Reusable Definition Reusable Shopping Bags: Sewn bags with stitched handles that (1) are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; (2) can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (2) can hold a minimum of 15 liters; (3) can be readily washed or disinfected by hand or machine; and, (4) are made of either (a) natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) durable, non-toxic plastic other than Polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material and is more than 4 mils thick.
    Stores Affected
    Establishment: Any operation that provides goods - including food and/or beverages - and/or services directly to consumers, with or without charge; sporadic, temporary, part- or full-time; commercial, non-profit, religious, educational, foundation-related, or governmental; whether on private, public, religious, or school property. Examples include, without limitation, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, ...view more stores, restaurants, retail stores, farmers markets, school or church fund-raising activities, or other events. view less
    Comply Date 11/28/2017
    Updated March 15, 2017

    Springfieldtop

    Status Pending
    Updated March 15, 2017

    Waylandtop

    Status Pending
    Updated March 15, 2017

    Westontop

    Status Pending
    Updated March 01, 2017

    Yarmouthtop

    Status Pending
    Updated March 01, 2017

    Statewide Legislationtop

    Status Pending
    Ordinance AB 344
    Updated March 20, 2017

    Portmouthtop

    Status Pending
    Updated March 20, 2017

    Long Beachtop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 10/16/2016
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
    Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
    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 durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
    Stores Affected A Business Establishment should be any business required to be licensed pursuant to section 14-16 of this Chapter that provides bags to its customers.
    Fees $0.05 for any carry out bag
    Comply Date 04/22/2017
    Ordinance Chapter 14 Article VII
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    Updated March 15, 2017

    New York Citytop

    Status Cancelled
    Status Date 05/05/2016
    Plastic Summary Accepted, but for a fee
    Paper Summary Paper carryout bags provided by covered stores to customers shall contain a minimum of forty percent post-consumer recycled content and be conspicuously labeled with the amount of post-consumer recycled content.
    Reusable Definition The term "reusable carryout bag" means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either (i) made of cloth or other machine washable material, but not film plastic, or (ii) defined as a reusable carryout bag by rule of the commissioner. Reusable carryout bags provided to customers pursuant to this chapter shall be conspicuously labeled as reusable.
    Stores Affected
    The term "covered store" means a general vendor, green cart or a retail or wholesale establishment engaged in the sale of personal, consumer or household items including but not limited to drug stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, foodmarts, apparel stores, home center and hardware stores, stationery and office ...view more stores and food service establishments located within grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores or foodmarts that provide carryout bags to customers in which to place purchased items. Such term does not include food service establishments located outside of grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, or foodmarts, including emergency food providers, mobile food vendors that are not green carts, or stores licensed pursuant to section 63 of the state alcoholic beverage control law to sell liquor at retail for consumption off the premises. view less
    Fees $0.05 fee on Paper and Plastic Bags
    Comply Date 10/01/2016
    Ordinance 209-A
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    Updated March 01, 2017

    Middletowntop

    Status Pending
    Notes 3/9/2017 in the process of finalizing their proposal/draft. Will present in April to City Council.
    Updated March 09, 2017

    Newporttop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 03/08/2017
    Comply Date 11/01/2017
    Updated March 08, 2017

    Portsmouthtop

    Status Pending
    Notes 3/9/2017 Intial presentation of the Newport Ordinance and the draft Middletown ordinance in the month of April
    Updated March 09, 2017

    Statewide Legislationtop

    Status Pending
    Notes 1/24/2017 Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife.
    Updated March 02, 2017

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