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Connecticut - Bag Legislation

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Statewide Legislation

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Status Approved
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
Stores Affected "Store" means any retailer, as defined in section 12-407 of the general statutes, that maintains a retail store within the state and sells tangible personal property directly to the public.
Ordinance HB6313
Notes TAX: On plastic bags NOTE: period is for 2 years and then a ban (b) (1) For the period commencing August 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2021, each store shall charge a fee of ten cents for each single-use checkout bag provided to a customer at the point of sale. (c) On and after July 1, 2021, no owner or operator of a store shall provide or sell a single-use checkout bag to a customer.
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Updated July 10, 2019

Branford

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Status Pending
Updated February 28, 2019

Darien

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Status Pending
Updated July 10, 2019

East Hampton

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Status Pending
Updated July 10, 2019

Fairfield

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/28/2019
Plastic Summary Requirements: 12.0 mil
Paper Summary A paper bag that (1) contains no old growth fiber, (2) is 100% recyclable, (3) contains a minimum of 40% post -consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% post -consumer recycled content), and (4) conspicuously displays the phrase "Reusable" and "Recyclable" on the outside of the bag and the percentage of post -consumer recycled content
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and that is made of (1) cloth, fiber, or other machine washable fabric, and/ or 2) durable plastic that is at least 12. 0 mils (thousandths of an inch) thick. A Reusable Checkout Bag shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other toxic material, as defined by applicable state and federal standards and regulations for packaging or reusable bags.
Stores Affected
Any person, corporation, partnership, business, or other organization or group, however organized, that transfers merchandise, goods, or materials, including, without limitation, clothing, food, or personal items of any kind, directly to a customer in exchange for payment. The term includes, by way of example and not limitation, any grocery store, ...view more delivery service, department store, clothing store, hardware store, pharmacy, liquor store, restaurant, delicatessen, convenience store, food truck, sidewalk vendor, farmers' market, flea market, and any other retail store or vendor. The term shall not include the sale of goods at yard sales, tag sales, or other sales by residents at their home view less
Fees None
Compliance Date 02/01/2020
Ordinance Chapter 84
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Updated July 10, 2019

Greenwich

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/12/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 12.0 thick and Specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 12.0 thick.
Stores Affected
Establishment: Any operation that provides goods - including food and/or beverages - and/or services directly to consumers, with or without charge; sporadic, temporary, part- or full-time; commercial, non-profit, religious, educational, foundation-related, or governmental; whether on private, public, religious, or school property. Examples include, without limitation, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, ...view more stores, restaurants, retail stores, farmers' markets, school or church fund-raising activities, or other events. view less
Compliance Date 09/13/2018
Notes 4/5/2018 Conservation Commission.Plastic Bag Ban: Searle reported the proposed ordinance passed at the March 12th RTM meeting. Although the final language of the ordinance has not yet been released, the ordinance will make the Conservation Commission responsible for its enforcement. A committee consisting of BYO, Searle, Dickinson, Sesto, and Moch was formed to work on details.
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Updated June 07, 2018

Guilford

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Status Pending
Updated February 28, 2019

Hamden

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/14/2019
Plastic Summary No plastic allowed
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition A bag specifically designed and manufactured for multiple re-use made of cloth or other fabric.
Stores Affected
Establishment: Any operation that provides goods - including food and/or beverages - and/or services directly to consumers, with or without charge; sporadic, temporary, part- or full-time; commercial, non-profit, religious, educational, foundation-related, or governmental; whether on private, public, religious, or school property. Examples include, without limitation, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, ...view more stores, restaurants, retail stores, farmers' markets, school or church fund-raising activities, or other events. view less
Compliance Date 09/01/2019
Ordinance Chapter 126
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Updated April 01, 2019

Mansfield

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/11/2019
Reusable Definition A bag specifically designed and manufactured for multiple re-use.
Stores Affected
Any entity that sells merchandise, goods, or materials, including, but not limited to: clothing; food; or personal items of any kind, directly to consumers and includes, by way of example and not limitation: grocery stores; department stores; hardware stores; pharmacies; liquor stores; restaurants; catering trucks; and convenience stores. Business for ...view more of this ordinance shall not include nonprofit organizations with 501(c) designations. view less
Compliance Date 08/12/2019
Ordinance Chapter 132
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Updated February 28, 2019

Middletown

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Status Approved
Status Date 04/01/2019
Plastic Summary No plastic allowed
Paper Summary Recyclable paper bag means a paper bag with the following characteristics: (1) contains no old-growth fiber; (2) is 100% recyclable overall and contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content; and (3) displays the words "Reusable" or "Recyclable" on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition A reusable bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of cloth or other fabric.
Stores Affected Any for-profit, commercial enterprise including, but not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonal and temporary businesses, food trucks and household goods stores. The term "retail establishment" does not include yard sales, tag sales, and/or other sales by residents at their homes.
Fees $0.10 per paper bag
Compliance Date 10/01/2019
Ordinance 253-59
Updated July 10, 2019

New Britain

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/25/2019
Plastic Summary Requirements: 12.0 mil
Paper Summary Paper bags are one hundred (100) per cent recyclable; Contains a minimum of forty (40) per cent post-consumer recycled content (except that an eight (8) pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of twenty (20) per cent post-consumer recycled content); and Conspicuously display the phrase "Reusable" and "Recyclable" on the outside of the bag and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition Reusable carryout bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse that:Is made of:Cloth, fiber, or other machine washable fabric; orDurable plastic that is at least 12.0 mils (thousandths of an inch) thick; and Does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other toxic material, as defined by applicable state and federal standards and regulations for packaging or reusable bags.
Stores Affected
Retail establishment means any person, corporation, partnership, business, or other organization or group, however organized, that transfers merchandise, goods, or materials, including without limitation, clothing, food, or personal items of any kind, directly to a consumer in exchange for payment. The term includes, by way of example and not limitation, ...view more grocery store, grocery delivery service, department store, clothing store, hardware store, hospital, pharmacy, liquor store, restaurant, delicatessen, convenience store, food truck, sidewalk vendor, farmers' market, flea market, and any other retail store or vendor. The term shall not include the sale of goods at yard sales, tag sales, or other sales by residents at their home. view less
Fees $0.10 per paper bag
Compliance Date 08/25/2019
Ordinance 34554-2 (Article XX)
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Updated July 10, 2019

New Canaan

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/27/2019
Plastic Summary Requirements: 6.0 mil
Paper Summary Are 100% recyclable, contain a minimum of 40% post -consumer recycled content, and conspicuously display the phrase " Reusable and Recyclable," and the percentage of post -consumer recycled content, on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse that: 1. Is made of (a) cloth, fiber, or other machine washable fabric, (b) laminated material, or ( c) durable plastic that is at least 6. 0 mils (thousandths of an inch) thick, and 2. Does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other toxic material, as defined by applicable state and federal standards and regulations for packaging or reusable bags.
Stores Affected
Any person, corporation, partnership, business, or other organization or group, however organized, that transfers merchandise, goods, or materials, including, without limitation, clothing, food, or personal items of any kind, directly to a consumer in exchange for payment. The term includes, by way of example and not limitation, any grocery store, ...view more delivery service, department store, clothing store, hardware store, hospital, pharmacy, liquor store, restaurant, delicatessen, convenience store, food truck, sidewalk vendor, farmers' market, flea market, and any other retail store or vendor. The term shall not include the sale of goods at yard sales, tag sales, or other sales by residents at their home. view less
Fees $0.10 per paper or resuable bag
Compliance Date 08/27/2019
Ordinance Carry Out Bages by Retail establishments
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Updated July 10, 2019

New Haven

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Status Pending
Updated February 28, 2019

Norwalk

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/08/2019
Plastic Summary Requirements: 12 mils thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary 1. Are 100% recyclable; 2. Contain a minimum of40% post -consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% postconsumer recycled content); and 3. Conspicuously display the phrase "Reusable" and "Recyclable" on the outside ofthe bag and the percentage of post -consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse that (1) is made of (a) cloth, fiber, or other machine washable fabric, or (b) durable plastic that is at least 12. 0 mils (thousandths of an inch) thick, and (2) does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other toxic material, as defined by applicable state and federal standards and regulations for packaging or reusable bags.
Stores Affected
Any person, corporation, partnership, business, or other organization or group, however organized, that transfers merchandise, goods, or materials, including, without limitation, clothing, food, or personal items of any kind, directly to a consumer in exchange for payment. The term includes, by way of example and not limitation, any grocery store, ...view more delivery service, department store, clothing store, hardware store, hospital, pharmacy, liquor store, restaurant, delicatessen, convenience store, food truck, sidewalk vendor, farmers' market, flea market, and any other retail store or vendor. The term shall not include the sale of goods at yard sales, tag sales, or other sales by residents at their home. view less
Fees $0.10 paper
Compliance Date 07/08/2019
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Updated February 28, 2019

Stamford

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Status Approved
Status Date 10/08/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected
Retail sales means the transfer to a customer of goods in exchange for payment occurring in a retail store, sidewalk sales, farmers; markets, flea markets and restaurants. The term "retail sales" does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, other sales by residents at their home, and ...view more by non-profit organizations. view less
Fees $0.10 paper
Compliance Date 04/01/2019
Ordinance 1243
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Updated February 28, 2019

Stonington

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Status Pending
Updated July 10, 2019

Weston

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Status Approved
Status Date 12/06/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil thick
Paper Summary "Recyclable Paper Bag" means a paper bag with or without handles that is 100 percent recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content (except that an eight pound or smaller paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content) and visibly displays both the word "recyclable" and "reusable" on the outside of the bag and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content. Bag must contain no old growth fiber and must be FSC certified
Reusable Definition "Reusable Bag" means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or other washable fabric, and/or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 4.0 mils thick.
Stores Affected
"Store" means any commercial enterprise engaging in Retail Sales. "Retail Sales" - means the transfer to a customer of goods in exchange for payment occurring in retail stores, sidewalk sales, farmer's markets, flea markets and restaurants. The term "Retail Sales" does not includes sales of goods at yard sales, tag ...view more other sales by residents at their home, and sales by non-profit and governmental organizations. view less
Fees $0.10 per paper or reusuable bag
Compliance Date 03/07/2019
Ordinance Commercial use single use bag
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Updated July 10, 2019

Westport

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Status Approved
Status Date 09/03/2008
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected
Retail sales means the transfer to a customer of goods in exchange for payment occurring in a retail store, sidewalk sales, farmers; markets, flea markets and restaurants. The term "retail sales" does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, other sales by residents at their home, and ...view more by non-profit organizations. view less
Fees None
Compliance Date 07/01/2008
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Updated April 20, 2012

Wilton

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Status Inactive
Notes Since 2010
Updated March 03, 2017
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