National List of Local Plastic Bag Ordinances

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Alaska

Bethel - City officials voted in July 2009 to ban plastic bags and takeout containers. The ban went into effect in September 2010.

Cordova - In November 2015, Cordova passed a ban on plastic carryout bags in affected retail stores.  Effective October 1, 2016.

Fairbanks - In September 2009, Fairbanks adopted a 5 cent price requirement on plastic bags. This was rescinded one month later.

Homer - In August 2012, Homer adopted a plastic bag ban. Effective January 1, 2013. A voter initiative to repeal the ban passed by a narrow margin in October 2013.

Hooper Bay - The plastic bag ban in Hooper Bay went into effect in August 2010. 

Arizona

Bisbee In September 2013, the City of Bisbee banned plastic bags and placed a five cent charge per paper bag in all stores. Effective April 22, 2014. Prior to this, in December 2012 the city had piloted a voluntary bag reduction period.

California (entire state)

In November 2016 voters upheld SB270, the statewide bag ban.  Single-use plastic bags are banned in grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience and liquor stores.  A 10 cent charge is mandated on the distribution of paper and reusable bags.  This ban covers the rest of the state not already covered under pre-existing local ordinances.

Colorado

Aspen - The city of Aspen banned plastic bags and placed a 20 cent charge on paper bags in October 2011. It is effective in May 2012 in the city's two grocery stores.

Basalt - The city of Basalt passed an ordinance placing a 20 cent charge on both single-use plastic and paper bags in September 2011. It would have been effective May 2012 in grocery stores but was narrowly overturned by a voter referendum in April 2012.

Boulder - A bag ordinance was adopted in November 2012, requiring grocery stores to charge ten cents per plastic or paper bag. Effective 7/1/13.

Carbondale - The Carbondale Board of Trustees approved an ordinance in October 2011. Like Aspen's ordinance, it bans plastic bags and places a 20 cent charge on paper bags in grocery stores with 3,500 square feet or more. A referendum placed the ordinance on the ballot in April 2012 and voters in Carbondale affirmed the Trustees' decision. Effective May 2012.

Crested Butte - On August 15, 2016, the Town Council adopted a disposable plastic bag ban for all stores.  Effective September 1, 2018.

Durango - The Council adopted a single use bag ordinance in August 2013. Starting March 1, 2014, grocery stores would be required to charge 10 cents per single use bag. A voter initiative to repeal the ban passed by a small margin in November 2013.

Fort Collins - The council adopted a five cent charge per each single-use bag in retail stores in the summer of 2014.  Effective April 1, 2015.

Telluride - The town of Telluride, CO banned plastic bags in October 2010. The ban went into effect March 2011 with a 10 cent price requirement on paper bags.

Vail - This mountain town banned plastic bags in March 2015.  The ban will go into effect in August 2015 with a 10 cent charge for paper bags.

Connecticut

Westport - In September 2008, Westport became the first Connecticut city to ban plastic bags.

District of Columbia 

Washington - The District of Columbia Council voted June 2009 to require retailers to charge a $0.05 fee on all carryout bags. 

Hawaii

Hawaii County - The Big Island of Hawaii banned single-use plastic bags in January 2012.

Honolulu County - Honolulu banned plastic bags in May 2012.  Effective July 1, 2012.  Revised to include Oahu effective July 1, 2015.

Kauai County - Kauai banned plastic bags in October 2009. The ordinance became effective on January 11, 2011.

Maui County - Maui banned plastic bags in August 2008. The ordinance became effective on January 11, 2011.

Illinois

Chicago - Passed April 30th, 2014.  Effective August 2015 for retailers of more than 10,000 square feet. The ban will extend to smaller chain stores and franchises August, 2016. Small independent or non-franchise stores and restaurants will not be affected. 

Evanston - On July 28, the Evanston City Council approved an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags in stores larger than 10,000 square feet. The ordinance went into effect August 1, 2015. 

Iowa

Marshall County - Marshall County passed a single-use plastic bag ordinance for its Unincorporated areas in April, 2009. The ban allows stores to instead provide biodegradable, recycled paper, or reusable bags to customers. Effective October, 2009. 

Maine

Falmouth - In January 2016, the Town Council adopted a 5 cent charge per single-use plastic bag in the town's six largest retail stores. Effective April 1, 2016.

Freeport - In June 2016, voters approved banning plastic bags and putting a 5 cent charge on paper bags in supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores.  Effective September 12, 2016.

Kennebunk - In June 2016, voters approved banning plastic bags in all retail stores.  Effective October 15, 2016.

Portland - In 2014, Portland adopted a 5 cent charge per single-use bag in grocery stores. Effective April 15, 2015.

South Portland - In September 2015, South Portland adopted a 5 cent charge per single-use bag in grocery, drug, and convenience stores.  Effective March 1, 2016.

York - On November 3, 2015, town voters approved the first single-use bag ban in the state.  Effective March 3, 2016.

Maryland

Montgomery County - The County followed the example of the neighboring District of Columbia and passed a 5 cent minimum price requirement on single-use plastic and paper bags in May 2011. It is effective January 2012. Applies to all retailers.

Chestertown - Passed April 4th, 2011, the Chestertown ordinance bans plastic bags and restricts the distribution of paper bags for all retail establishments. Operative January, 2012.  

Massachusetts

Adams - On June 20, 2016, a ban on single-use plastic bags in all retail establishments was unanimously approved by voters.  Effective March 30, 2017.

Amherst - In May 2016, the town passed a bylaw banning single-use plastic bags in all retail and food establishments.  Effective January 1, 2017.

Aquinnah - In May of 2016, Aquinnah became the fifth town on Martha's Vineyard to ban single-use plastic bags in all stores and restaurants.  Effective January 1, 2017.

Barnstable - Passed on September 3, 2015 by a 7-6 vote, the ordinance bans single-use plastic bags in all establishments beginning September 3, 2016.

Bourne - In October 2016, Bourne passed a bylaw banning single-use plastic bags in all establishments. Effective January 1, 2018.

Bridgewater - Passed on March 8, 2016 by a 7-1 vote, the ordinance bans single-use plastic bags in most retail establishments beginning September 4, 2016.

Brookline - The Town of Brookline banned plastic bags from large grocery and retail stores by a vote of 142-53 in November 2012. Effective December 1, 2013.  In November 2016, Brookline tightened the law by including produce bags, as well as compostable standards for all bags that aren't paper or reusable.

Cambridge - On March 31, 2015, the City Council banned the distribution of plastic bags in all retail establishments.  Effective 180 days from the date of enactment.

Chatham - The Chatham Board of Health passed a single-use plastic bag ban regulation in all stores and restaurants.  Effective January 1, 2017.

Chilmark - In late April 2016, Chilmark became the fourth town on Martha's Vineyard to adopt a single-use plastic bag ban in all stores and restaurants. Effective January 1, 2017.

Concord - On April 11, 2015, the City Council banned single-use plastic bags in all retail and grocery stores.  Effective January 1, 2016.

Dennis - In October 2016, Dennis passed a bylaw banning single-use plastic bags in all establishments. Stores have 12 months to phase the bags out.

Edgartown - On April 12, 2016, this was one of three towns on Martha's Vineyard to pass a bylaw banning single-use plastic bags in all stores and restaurants.  Effective January 1, 2017.

Falmouth - On November 18, 2014, the town banned single-use carryout plastic bags (thinner than 2.25 mils) from all retail stores and restaurants. Effective 18 months after adoption.

Framingham - In May 2016, the Town banned single-use plastic bags in all retail and grocery stores.  Effective January 1, 2017.

Great Barrington - The plastic bag ban was approved in May 2013.  Effective January 2014.

Hamilton - On April 11, 2015, the Town of Hamilton adopted a by-law banning single-use plastic bags in all retail establishments.  Effective July 27, 2016.

Harwich - On May 4, 2015, the City Council banned single-use plastic bags in all stores and restaurants.  Effective May 4, 2016.

Ipswich - In May 2016, the Town adopted a single-use plastic bag ban for all retail establishments.  Effective May 2017.

Lee - On May 12, 2016, the Town adopted a single-use plastic bag ban in all establishments.  Effective May 12, 2017.

Lenox - In June of 2016, the Board of Health banned the distribution of single-use plastic bags in all retail stores and restaurants.  Effective June 2017.

Manchester-by-the-Sea - The ordinance was approved in April 2013 at the city's annual town meeting.  Effective July 1st, 2013. 

Marblehead - A ban on single-use plastic bags and EPS food containers was passed through a town meeting May 5th, 2014. The law will be phased in within one year. 

Mashpee - In October 2016, Mashpee passed a bylaw banning single-use plastic bags in all establishments. Stores have 12 months to phase the bags out.

Nantucket - The small town of Nantucket banned non-biodegradable single use bags in 1990. 

Natick - Voters approved a by-law amendment that requires all plastic checkout bags to be compostable and marine degradable at specific retail establishments.  Effective July 1, 2016.

Newburyport - The city adopted a plastic bag ban in all retail stores in January 2015. Paper and reusable bags allowed. Effective in 180 days.

Newton - The City adopted a plastic bag ban in January 2015 that goes into effect in July 2015.

Northampton- A plastic bag ban in all grocery and retail stores was adopted in May 2015.  Effective January 1, 2016.

Plymouth - In October 2016, Plymouth passed a bylaw banning single-use plastic bags in most establishments. Effective 6 months after passage.

Provincetown - The town banned plastic bags thinner than 1.5 mils in October of 2014. Effective April 2015.

Salem - In late 2016, the city passed a single-use plastic bag ban in all retail establishments.  Effective January 1, 2018.

Sandwich -  In November 2016, the Sandwich Board of Health banned polyethylene plastic bags from all establishments, and required that all produce bags bee certified compostable.  Effective November 28, 2017.

Shrewsbury - In May 2016, the Town adopted a bylaw prohibiting the distribution of any single-use plastic bags that are not compostable or marine biodegradable in all retail establishments.  Effective July 1, 2017.

Somerville - In November 2015, the city banned grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, restaurants, and most retail stores from providing plastic shopping bags to customers.  Effective August 24, 2016 for large stores, and November 24, 2016 for smaller stores.

Tisbury - On April 12, 2016, this was one of three towns on Martha's Vineyard to pass a bylaw banning single-use plastic bags in all stores and restaurants.  Effective January 1, 2017.

Truro - On November 5, 2015, the city adopted a single-use plastic bag ban in all establishments effective June 1, 2016.  Paper and reusable bags may be provided with or without a charge.

Watertown - In June of 2016, the Town adopted a single-use plastic bag ban in all retail establishments and restaurants.  Effective 6 months after passage.

WellesleyOn April 12, 2016, the town passed a ban on single-use plastic bags in all retail stores and restaurants.  The bylaw is effective January 1, 2017 for large stores and April 12, 2017 for smaller stores.

Wellfleet - In April 2015, the city Council passed a ban on plastic shopping bags in all retail stores and restaurants.  Effective January 1, 2016.

West Tisbury - On April 12, 2016, this was one of three towns on Martha's Vineyard to pass a bylaw banning single-use plastic bags in all stores and restaurants.  Effective January 1, 2017.

Williamstown- The town banned plastic bags and added a minimum 10 cent charge on paper bags in May of 2015.

Minnesota

Minneapolis - On April 1, 2016, Minneapolis became the first city in Minnesota to adopt a single-use plastic bag ban in all retail establishments with a 5 cent charge on paper and reusable bags. Effective June 1, 2017.

New Jersey

Longport - On November 20, 2015, Longport became the first town in New Jersey to enact a 10 cent charge on all carryout bags in all retail stores and restaurants. Effective immediately.

New Mexico

Santa Fe - In 2013 Santa Fe adopted a plastic bag ban and 10 cent minimum charge per paper bag in all retail stores. Before the ban went into effect, the charge was rescinded.  The charge, however, was reinstated in April 2015 to become effective June 28, 2015.

Silver City - On July 8th, 2014 the Silver City Town council voted unanmimously to adopt an ordinance banning single use plastic carryout bags at all retail establishments. After December 8, 2014 merchants can only provide paper or reusable bags for a self-determined fee.  

New York

East Hampton Town - The Town Board adopted a plastic bag ban on December 18, 2014. Effective September 22, 2015.

East Hampton Village - In August 2011, the East Hampton Village Board approved a plastic bag ban. Effective February 2012.

Hastings-on-Hudson - A plastic bag and polystyrene ban were adopted in June of 2014. Effective 2015.

Larchmont - The Village banned plastic bags in March of 2013. Effective October 1, 2013.

Mamaroneck - In mid July 2012, the Mamaroneck Board of Trustees approved a plastic bag ban. Effective in six months.

New Castle - In June 2016, the Town banned the distribution of single-use plastic bags in large retail stores, grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores.  Effective January 1, 2017.

New Paltz Village - The Village Board passed a plastic bag ban in November 2014. Effective April 2015.

New York City - On May 5, 2016, the New York City council mandated a 5 cent fee on both paper and plastic carryout bags throughout the city. Effective October 1, 2016.

Patchogue Village - A single-use plastic bag ban was approved in June 2015. Effective September 2016.

Rye - In December 2011, the Rye City Council unanimously adopted a plastic bag ban at all retail stores. Effective May 7, 2012.

Southampton Town - The Town Board adopted a plastic bag ban on December 18, 2014. Effective April 22, 2015

Southampton Village - In April 2011, the Southampton Village Board unanimously approved a ban on non-biodegradable bags for retailers, supermarkets and restaurants. Effective November 6, 2011.

Suffolk County - In September 2016, the Suffolk County Legislature passed a bill requiring a minimum 5 cent charge on plastic carryout bags in all retail establishments.  Effective January 1, 2018.

North Carolina

Hyde, Currituck and Dare Counties - The North Carolina Legislature banned plastic in the Barrier Islands in June 2009. The ban was extended to all businesses in the three counties in 2010.

Oregon

Corvallis - City Council approved a plastic bag ban with a five cent charge per paper bag on July 2, 2012.

Eugene - City Council approved a plastic bag ban with a five cent charge per paper bag on October 22, 2012. Effective May 1, 2013.

Portland - Portland became the first city in Oregon to adopt a ban on plastic bags in July 2011, after the state legislature failed to pass a statewide ban. Effective October 15, 2011. An amendment to include all other retail stores and restaurants goes into effect in two stages on March 1, 2013 and October 1, 2013.

Rhode Island

Barrington - City Council approved the first plastic bag ban in the state in October 2012. Effective January 1, 2013 in all retail stores and restaurants. Sunsets January 31, 2015 unless the council revisits the ordinance.

Texas

Austin - In March 2012, Austin City Council adopted a sweeping ban on single-use plastic and paper bags in all business establishments. Effective 3/1/13.

Brownsville - The City of Brownsville became the first in its state to restrict plastic bags in 2009 with a $1 charge per transaction. The ordinance became effective January 2011. (See Municipal Code, Chapter 46, Article II, Section 46).

Dallas - The Dallas City Council approved a bag ordinance on March 26, 2014.  Effective January 1, 2015.  Single use bags in every retail store were to include a five cent charge, but the charge was repealed in June 2015 after plastic bag manufacturers sued the city.

Fort Stockton - In 2010, the City of Fort Stockton banned single-use plastic bags from stores, effective September 2011 (See Municipal Code, Article I, Section 12-9).

Freer - On December 10, 2012, the city council adopted a plastic bag ban in all retail stores. The ban became mandatory on June 2, 2013.

Kermit - Effective October 1, 2013, single use plastic bags are prohibited in Kermit grocery, convenience, and drug stores. Paper bags are permitted with a ten cent charge.

Laguna Vista - The Town of Laguna Vista adopted a plastic bag ban on September 11, 2012. Effective January 1, 2013.

Laredo - In August of 2013, the City Council adopted a plastic bag ban for all retail stores, effective January 10, 2015.

Port Aransas - The City adopted a plastic bag ban on December 18, 2014. Effective January 1, 2016.

South Padre Island - In January 2011, South Padre Island passed a bag ordinance banning plastic single-use carryout bags that became effective in 2012.

Sunset Valley - Single-use plastic bag ban passed in February 2013 for all retail stores. Effective 9/1/2013. 

Washington

Bainbridge Island - In April 2012, the City of Bainbridge Island adopted a plastic bag ban in all retail stores. Paper bags are allowed with a five cent charge. Effective November 2012.

Bellingham - Bellingham banned plastic bags and placed a 5 cent minimum price requirement on paper bags in July 2011.

Edmonds - Edmonds banned plastic bags at all retail stores in July 2009.

Ellensburg - In November 2016, City Council approved an ordinance that imposes a 5 cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags within the city.

Issaquah - In June 2012, the city adopted a plastic bag ban with a five cent charge per paper bag in all retail stores. Effective in large stores 3/1/13, and smaller stores 3/1/14.

Kirkland - A plastic bag ban with a five cent charge per paper bag was approved in February 2015. Effective March 1, 2016 in 170 retail stores.

Lacey - In February 2014, the city adopted a plastic bag ban with a five cent charge per paper bag for all retail stores. Effective 7/1/14. 

Mukilteo - The City of Mukilteo banned plastic bags in December 2011. Effective 1/1/13.

Olympia - Olympia passed a plastic bag ban with five cent charge per paper bag in October 2013. Effective in all retail stores on 7/1/14.

Port Townsend - Council adopted a plastic bag ban with five cent charge on paper bag in July of 2012 for all stores. Effective 11/1/12.

San Juan County - In October 2016, the Council passed a single-use plastic bag ban in all retail establishments and restaurants.

Seattle - In December 2011, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags and putting a 5 cent minimum price requirement on single-use paper bags. Effective 7/1/12. Previously, the Seattle City Council voted to require retailers to charge a $0.20 on all single-use carryout bags in July 2008. The ordinance was overturned by a plastic industry-financed initiative one year later.

Shoreline - In April 2013, the Council adopted a plastic bag ban with a five cent charge per paper bag. Effective 2/1/2014.

Tacoma - On July 12, 2016, the City Council passed a plastic bag ban in all retail stores and restaurants, with a minimum 5 cent charge on paper and reusables.  Effective July 12, 2017.

Thurston County - In September 2013, the Board adopted a plastic bag ban with a five cent charge per paper bag for all retail stores. Effective 7/1/2014.

Tumwater - In September 2013, the Council adopted a plastic bag ban with a five cent charge per paper bag for all retail stores. Effective 7/1/2014.

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