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Maine - Bag Legislation

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Status Failed
Notes Minimizes the use of plastic bags.
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Updated May 31, 2017

Belfast

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Status Approved
Plastic Summary Banned
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that meets all of the following criteria: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand 50 repeated uses over a period of time; (b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) Is at least four mils thick, if made from plastic; and (d) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected Store means all retail establishments, including but not limited to convenience stores, restaurants, sellers of merchandise and dry goods sold to the ultimate consumer for direct use or consumption and not for resale.
Compliance Date 20/01/01
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Updated October 31, 2017

Brunswick

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/01/2017
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is: (a) designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (b) is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) at least 4.0 mil thick if made from plastic; (d) has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses; and (e) capable of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected Store means any retail establishment, located within the Town of Brunswick, that engages in the retail sale of goods, products, clothing, or merchandise.
Compliance Date 09/01/2017
Ordinance Bill 6
Notes In late October 2015, residence started a campaign to ban bags. The councils will not even consider until after the 1st of the year. (2016)
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Updated August 04, 2017

Falmouth

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/01/2016
Plastic Summary Requirements: at least 4 mil thick and meet reuseable standards
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that meets all of the following criteria: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) Is at least 4 mil thick, if made from plastic; and (d) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected Store means a retail establishment located within the Town of Falmouth engaged in the sale, rental and/or lease of perishable or non-perishable goods to the ultimate consumer for direct use or consumption and not for resale, with a floor area whose square footage exceeds 10,000 feet.
Fees $0.05 fee on both plastic and paper single use bags only that do not meet the definition of a reusab
Compliance Date 04/01/2016
Ordinance Sec II-8-12
Notes The language was revised by council at the Nov meeting. The public will get to comment at the Dec 15 meeting. On September 14th, the held a town meeting to discuss fee on single use bags. Public input is requested over the next 30 days to plan next steps.
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Updated January 15, 2016

Freeport

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Status Approved
Status Date 06/14/2016
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that meets all of the following criteria: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) Has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses; and (d) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected
The term Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the Town of Freeport engaged in the sale of perishable or non-perishable goods to the ultimate consumer for direct use or consumption and not for resale: (a) a full-line, self-service market located in a permanent building, operating year-round, ...view more which sells at retail a line of staple foodstuffs, meats, produce, household. supplies, dairy products or other perishable items. (b) a drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or other entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that includes milk, bread, soda, and snack foods. Store does not mean: 1) Restaurants; or 2) Businesses at which food sales are an incidental part of the business. Food sales will be considered to be "incidental" if such sales comprise no more than 2 percent of the business's gross sales in the Town of Freeport as measured by the dollar value of food sales as a percentage of the dollar value of total sales at any single location. view less
Fees $0.05 fee on paper single use bags
Compliance Date 09/12/2016
Ordinance Chapter 55
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Updated June 30, 2016

Kennebunk

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Status Approved
Status Date 06/17/2016
Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 thick
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that meets all of the following criteria: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) and at least 3.0 mils thick.
Stores Affected Any commercial enterprise engaged in the sale of food and merchandise including but not limited to grocery and convenient stores. Markets. Pharmacies, restaurants, take out food, temporary and seasonal businesses, and other merchant retailers. Non profit and religious organizations are not considered retailers.
Compliance Date 10/15/2016
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Updated June 30, 2016

Portland

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Status Approved
Status Date 06/16/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) That is at least 2.25 mil thick if made from plastic; (d) Has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses; and (e) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected
The term Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the City of Portland: (a) a full-line, self-service market located in a permanent building, operating year-round, and which sells at retail a line of staple foodstuffs, meats, produce, household supplies, dairy products or other perishable items. (b) a ...view more store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or other entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that includes milk, bread, soda, and snack foods. "Store" does not mean: Businesses at which foodstuffs are an incidental part of the business. Food sales will be considered to be "incidental" if such sales comprise no more than 2 percent of the business's gross sales in the City as measured by the dollar value of food sales as a percentage of the dollar value of total sales at any single location. view less
Fees $0.05 fee on both plastic and paper single use bags only that do not meet the definition of a reusab
Compliance Date 04/15/2015
Ordinance 260-13/14
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Updated July 25, 2014

Saco

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Status Approved
Status Date 04/03/2017
Plastic Summary Banned
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag with consumer carrying handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of cloth, fiber or other machine washable fabric, but not plastic film.
Stores Affected Business means any business that has or requires a business license with the City
Compliance Date 10/01/2017
Ordinance Chapter 171
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Updated August 04, 2017

South Portland

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Status Approved
Status Date 09/21/2015
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) That is at least 2.25 mil thick if made from plastic; (d) Has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses; and (e) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected
The term Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the City of Portland: (a) a full-line, self-service market located in a permanent building, operating year-round, and which sells at retail a line of staple foodstuffs, meats, produce, household supplies, dairy products or other perishable items. (b) a ...view more store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or other entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that includes milk, bread, soda, and snack foods. "Store" does not mean: Businesses at which foodstuffs are an incidental part of the business. Food sales will be considered to be "incidental" if such sales comprise no more than 2 percent of the business's gross sales in the City as measured by the dollar value of food sales as a percentage of the dollar value of total sales at any single location. view less
Fees $0.05 fee on both plastic and paper single use bags only that do not meet the definition of a reusab
Compliance Date 03/01/2016
Ordinance 3-15/16 also included in the City Code under Chapter 9, Article VI
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Updated October 27, 2015

Topsham

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Status Approved
Status Date 11/08/2016
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) That is at least 4.0 mil thick if made from plastic; (d) Has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses; and (e) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds
Stores Affected
The term Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the Town of Topsham: (a) a full-line, self-service market located in a permanent building, operating year-round, and which sells at retail a line of staple foodstuffs, meats, produce, household supplies, dairy products or other perishable items. (b) a ...view more store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or other entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that includes milk, bread, soda, and snack foods. "“Store" does not mean: Businesses at which foodstuffs are an incidental part of the business. Food sales will be considered to be "incidental" if such sales comprise no more than 2 percent of the business's gross sales in the Town as measured by the dollar value of food sales as a percentage of the dollar value of total sales at any single location view less
Fees $0.05
Compliance Date 05/01/2017
Ordinance Bill 2016
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Updated August 04, 2017

Waterville

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Status Pending
Updated August 30, 2017

Windham

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Status Pending
Ordinance 12-076
Notes 4/2012 Drafting an ordinance to ban or tax grocery bags in 2012.
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Updated April 22, 2012

York

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Status Approved
Status Date 11/07/2015
Plastic Summary Requirements: 3.0 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; That is at least 3.0 mil thick if made from plastic.
Stores Affected Any commercial enterprise engaged in the sale of food and merchandise including but not limited to grocery and convenient stores. Markets. Pharmacies, restaurants, take out food, temporary and seasonal businesses, and other merchant retailers. Non profit and religious organizations are not considered retailers.
Compliance Date 03/07/2016
Ordinance Article 7
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Updated November 15, 2015
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