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Alaska - Bag Legislation

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Statewide Legislation

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Status Pending
Ordinance HB264
Notes 2/20/2018 This is on the house and passed out of committee. Prefiling of a bill to impose a 20 cent tax on disposible shopping bags. The legislative session starts January 16, 2018.
Updated March 02, 2018

Anchorage

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Status Approved
Status Date 08/28/2018
Plastic Summary No plastics
Reusable Definition a. is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated use over time; b. is made from cloth, other machine washable fabric, or is made from other woven material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; has handles
Stores Affected
Retail seller means a [retail or ] commercial business [facility ] located within the municipality, including but not limited to markets, grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores, retail stores, restaurants, or similar establishments that is located in a permanent building; and b.] sells goods or prepared food [to ] ...view more to final consumers such as household supplies, perishable items, or food merchandise, including meat, produce, dairy products, or snack foods. view less
Fees Between $0.10 and $0.50 for bacgs that are reusable or paper
Compliance Date 01/03/2019
Ordinance AO-2018-63
Updated October 01, 2018

Bethel

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Status Approved
Status Date 07/01/2009
Plastic Summary Banned
Paper Summary Must be recyclable.
Reusable Definition See ordinance for full description.
Stores Affected Affected retail establishments (any commercial business facility that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies and retail stores), food vendors (any restaurants or retail food vendor located or operating in the city of Bethel) and non profit vendors.
Compliance Date 09/2010
Ordinance Bethel Municipal Code, Chapter 8.12
Notes See ordinance for full description.
More Information Link to more information
Updated April 20, 2012

Fairbanks

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Status Failed
Notes Adopted in 9/10/2009 and rescinded in 10/8/2009. They wanted it implement a $0.05 fee per plastic bag
Updated April 20, 2012

Homer

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Status Approved
Status Date 08/27/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition No definition given
Stores Affected
No Seller may provide to a buyer, any disposable plastic shopping bag. Seller includes persons who are a vendors of property, persons furnishing services, the lessors of rental space and goods, and all persons making sales, including space sale and goods and all person making sales, including consignees and persons ...view more conduct sales where items will be sold for a commission or fee. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, "seller" includes all persons engaging in sales of fireworks regardless of length of time, duration or volume of such sales in any calendar year. view less
Fees None
Compliance Date 01/01/2013
Ordinance 12-36
Notes See ordinance for full description.
More Information Link to more information
Updated November 30, -0001

Hooper Bay

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Status Approved
Plastic Summary Banned
Compliance Date 08/2010
Notes See ordinance for full description.
Updated April 26, 2012

Kodiac City

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Status Approved
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mils
Reusable Definition "Disposable plastic shopping bag" means a bag made from plastic, including plastic marketed or labeled as "biodegradable" or "compostable," that is not suitable for repeated reuse, if made of or containing plastic that is less than 4 mils thick, is unable to be cleaned and disinfected regularly, and is designed to carry buyer purchases from the seller's premises. "Disposable plastic shopping bag" does not include bags used by buyers inside stores to package bulk items such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, candy, or small hardware items, such as washers and bolts; bags used to contain dampness or leaks from items such as frozen foods, meat or fish, flowers or potted plants; bags used to protect prepared foods or bakery goods; bags provided by pharmacists to contain prescription drugs; laundry or dry cleaning bags; bags sold for buyer's use off the seller's premises for such purposes as the collection and disposal of garbage, pet waste, or yard waste; and newspaper bags.
Stores Affected "Seller" means a person or persons who vend property, including prepared foods, persons furnishing services, and all persons making sales, including goods and services.
Compliance Date 04/22/2018
Ordinance 1372
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Updated April 30, 2018

Palmer

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/22/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick
Reusable Definition A bag made from plastic or any material not marked or labeled as "biodegradable" or "compostable" that is neither intended nor suitable for continuous reuse and that is less than 4 mils thick, designed to carry customer purchases from the sellerís premises.
Stores Affected "Affected establishment" means any retail or commercial business facility located inside the city of Palmer that sells goods or prepared food directly to consumers including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, retail stores, and restaurants.
Compliance Date 01/01/2019
Ordinance 18-004
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Updated July 11, 2018

Wasilla

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/01/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Allows establishments to provide carryout bags made of plastic 2.25 mil or thicker, with or without charge at their discretion.
Stores Affected Prohibits all establishments in City limits from providing single-use plastic disposable shopping bags for the purpose of carrying away goods from the point of sale.
Compliance Date 07/01/2018
Ordinance 17-24 (AM)
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Updated March 02, 2018
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