Local Ordinances

Successful Local Ordinances

Texas State Law

Proposed State Bills (2011 legislative session)

There are two bills currently pending in the Texas legislature that would preempt all local plastic bag ordinances in the name of plastic bag recycling.  The bill would require in-store plastic bag recycling bins and mandate the availability of reasonably priced reusable bags at supermarkets.  This type of law sounds innocuous, but laws like these are generally sponsored by the plastics industry with the main intention of suspending all local efforts to reduce plastic bag use.  Luckily, many local environmental organizations are aware of the bills’ intentions and are urging lawmakers to remove the local preemption language.  If you live in Texas, please encourage your representatives to vote NO on these bills!

DISCLAIMER:  This is not a complete list.  plasticbaglaws.org is currently focused on California ordinances and does not have the resources to maintain a complete comprehensive national database   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.