Plastic Bag Bans: outlaws all single-use plastic carryout bags, usually places fee on paper.

Single-Use Bag Fee: places a fee on all single-use bags (plastic and paper).

Plastic Bag Fee: places a fee on all single-use plastic bags, sets standards for paper.

Mandatory Recycling:  requires grocery stores to accept used plastic bags for recycling. (Usually sponsored by the plastics industry.)

Voluntary Programs:   public education and  non-binding “best practices” for stores.

Click here for detailed explanation of policy options as of early 2014.


» State & Local Laws

For more comprehensive information on a national scale, we recommend Florida Department of the Environment’s Retail Bag Report website and Hilex Poly ‘s (a plastic bag manufacturer) website. plasticbaglaws.org is in no way affiliated with these organizations.

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