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Store Use Of Carryout Bags And Sustainable Products

Concerning the requirement that a store use fees collected from single-use bags to purchase certain items for the store.
2023 Regular Session
Business & Economic Development
Local Government
Bill Summary

Currently, a grocery store, supermarket, convenience store, liquor store, dry cleaner, pharmacy, drug store, clothing store, or other type of retail establishment at which carryout bags are traditionally provided to customers (store) is required to collect a fee for each carryout bag the store provides to a customer. The store must remit a portion of that fee to the municipality or county (local government) in which the store is located. When the local government has not established a process to accept the remitted fees, the act requires the store to retain and use the portion of the fee that would otherwise be remitted to a local government:

  • For any recycling, composting, or other waste diversion programs and related outreach and education activities; and
  • To purchase reusable bags.

APPROVED by Governor June 1, 2023

EFFECTIVE June 1, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

  • All Versions (7 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    06/01/2023 Signed Act PDF
    05/17/2023 Final Act PDF
    05/04/2023 Rerevised PDF
    05/03/2023 Revised PDF
    04/17/2023 Reengrossed PDF
    04/14/2023 Engrossed PDF
    04/05/2023 Introduced PDF

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details