SB 340 Requires supermarkets and certain pharmacies to provide only certain environmentally friendly bags for carrying out purchased merchandise
Sponsor: Bray
LR Number: 1663S.01I Fiscal Note:
Committee: Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment
Last Action: 2/11/2009 - Second Read and Referred S Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee Journal Page: S287
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: 1/28/2010 & 8/28/2010

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SB 340 - This act creates the Plastic Bag Reduction Act.

Beginning January 28, 2010, supermarkets shall only provide recyclable paper bags, compostable plastic bags, or reusable cloth bags to their customers for carrying out merchandise. This sack requirement also applies to certain pharmacies beginning August 28, 2010.

The act provides compostability standards for the compostable plastic bags and labeling requirements for the plastic and paper bags.

A violation of the act shall be an infraction, punishable by a fine up to $100 for a first violation, up to $200 for a second violation in the same year, and up to $500 for a third or subsequent violation in the same year. The director of the Department of Natural Resources may also impose an administrative penalty upon a violator of the act, with fines as listed.

ERIKA JAQUES