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Rhode Island - Bag Legislation

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Status Pending
Notes Update 5/30/2019 bans plastic bags and puts a five-cent fee on paper bags is scheduled for consideration on Wednesday, May 29. The bill was first heard on March 6 and was moved for further study. S.410 and companion bill H.5671 are considered a compromise from the original 10-cent fee on paper bags. The language was publicly supported by Governor Raimondo. at the May 29 meeting- proposed changes to be reviewed. New for 2019: The Governor's Task Force to Tackle Plastics has met three times already and created work groups to focus on specific topics for 2019. RI work group which is considering a plastic bag ban and at least one participant is advocating for paper to ban banned as well.
Updated June 11, 2019

Barrington

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Status Approved
Status Date 09/30/2012
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 Establishment. Any enterprise whereby the sale or transfer to a customer of goods in exchange for payment occurring in retail stores, farmers' markets, flea markets and restaurants. This does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, other sales by residents at their home, and sales ...view more nonprofit organizations. view less
Fees None
Compliance Date 01/01/2013
Ordinance 2012-7
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Updated October 29, 2012

Bristol

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/28/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
Paper Summary Requirements: No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW
Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag. A bag, with handles which are stitched and not heat-fused, that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse. The bag must be made of washable cloth, other durable woven or nonwoven fabric, or durable plastic film that is recyclable plastic with a minimum thickness of four mils.
Stores Affected
Retail Sales Establishment. Any enterprise whereby the sale or transfer to a customer of goods in exchange for payment occurring in retail stores, farmers' markets, flea markets and restaurants. This does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, other sales by residents at their home, and sales ...view more nonprofit organizations. view less
Compliance Date 01/01/2019
Ordinance #2018-2, Revising Section 24 adding Artcile V
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Updated December 03, 2018

Jamestown

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Status Approved
Status Date 09/18/2017
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mils or thicker
Paper Summary Requirements: No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made primarily of cloth or other nonwoven textile or is constructed of multiple layers for insulation.
Stores Affected
Business establishment means a commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers, including sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, and includes employees of the business and any independent contractors assiciated with the business. It does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag ...view more other sales by residence in their homes, and slaes by nonprofit organizations. view less
Compliance Date 04/22/2018
Ordinance Chapter 22, environment
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Updated March 02, 2018

Middletown

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/01/2017
Plastic Summary Banned
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made primarily of cloth or other nonwoven textile or is constructed of multiple layers for insulation.
Stores Affected
Business establishment means a commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers, including sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, and includes employees of the business and any independent contractors assiciated with the business. It does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag ...view more other sales by residence in their homes, and slaes by nonprofit organizations. view less
Compliance Date 11/01/2017
Ordinance 2017-9
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Updated August 04, 2017

Narragansett

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Status Pending
Updated April 01, 2019

New Shoreham

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Status Approved
Status Date 12/01/2017
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil or thicker
Paper Summary Requirements: No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition A bag, with handles which are stitched and not heat-fused, that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse. The bag must be made of washable cloth, other durable woven or nonwoven fabric, or durable plastic film that is recyclable plastic with a minimum thickness of four mils.
Stores Affected
Business establishment means a commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers, including sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, and includes employees of the business and any independent contractors assiciated with the business. It does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag ...view more other sales by residence in their homes, and slaes by nonprofit organizations. view less
Compliance Date 01/01/2018
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Updated March 02, 2018

Newport

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/08/2017
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
Reusable Definition A bag, that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse. Any straps must be stitched and not heat fused. The bag must be made of washable cloth, other durable woven or nonwoven fabric, or durable plastic with a minimum thickness of four mils.
Stores Affected
Any commercial enterprise, including sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, and includes all employees of the business and any independent contractors associated with the business. "Business establishment" does not include the sale of goods at yard sales, tag sales and other sales by residents at ...view more homes. view less
Compliance Date 11/01/2017
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Updated August 29, 2017

North Kingston

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Status Approved
Status Date 07/30/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
Paper Summary Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper bag that is fully recyclable overall and contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content and contains no old growth fiber. The bag should display the words "Reusable" and "Recyclable" on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made primarily of cloth, other nonwoven textile or durable plastic with a minimum thickness of four (4) mils. Any straps or handles shall be stitched. If the bag does not have handles, it must be stitched at the point of carry.
Stores Affected
Business Establishment is any commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers, including sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity and including all employees of the business and any independent contractors associated with the business. "Business Establishment" does not include sales of goods at yard ...view more tag sales, other sales by residents at their homes, and sales by nonprofit organizations. view less
Compliance Date 01/01/2019
Ordinance #18-14 adding Artcile XVI, section 9
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Updated December 03, 2018

Portsmouth

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/26/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
Paper Summary A paper bag that is fully recyclable overall and contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content and contains no old growth fiber. The bag should display the words "reusable" and "recyclable" or the universal recycling logo on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made primarily of cloth or other nonwoven textile or durable plastic with a minimum thickness of four mils. Any straps must be stitched and not heat fused.
Stores Affected
Any commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers, including sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity and includes all employees of the business and any independent contractors associated with the business. "Business establishment" does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, ...view more sales by residents at their homes, and sales by nonprofit organizations. view less
Compliance Date 09/01/2018
Ordinance 2018-3-12, Chapter 326, Article VI
Notes 4/5/2017 Reviewed at City Council meeting. This has been post poned indefinitely. 3/9/2017 Intial presentation of the Newport Ordinance and the draft Middletown ordinance in the month of April
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Updated November 14, 2018

Providence

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Status Approved
Status Date 04/22/2019
Paper Summary Means a paper bag that is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable including the handles, contains at least forty percent (40%) post-consumer paper content, and displays the words “Recyclable” and “made from 40% post-consumer recycled content (or other applicable amount) in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Means a bag specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, with handles which are stitched and not heat-fused. The bag shall not be made of any non-recycled plastic
Stores Affected
Means any person, corporation, partnership, business venture, or vendor that sells or provides merchandise, goods, or materials directly to a customer, whether for or not for profit, including but not limited to restaurants pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, liquor stores, seasonable and temporary businesses, jewelry stores, and household goods stores. ...view more establishment" does not include sales by residents at their homes. view less
Compliance Date 11/22/2019
Ordinance Chapter 12,section 20
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Updated June 11, 2019

South Kingstown

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Status Approved
Status Date 06/29/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
Paper Summary Recyclable paper bag – A paper bag that is fully recyclable overall and contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content and contains no old growth fiber. The bag should display the words "Reusable" and "Recyclable" or the universal recycling log on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag – A bag, with handles that are stitched and not heat fused, that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made primarily of cloth or other nonwoven textile or durable plastic with a minimum thickness of four mils.
Stores Affected
Business establishment – Any commercial enterprise that provides plastic carryout bags to its customers, including sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity and includes all employees of the business and any independent contractors associated with the business. For the purposes of the ordinance, "business establishment" shall also ...view more farmers' markets. "Business establishment" does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, other sales by residents at their homes, and sales by nonprofit organizations view less
Compliance Date 01/01/2019
Ordinance Chapter 9, Article VII
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Updated December 03, 2018

Tiverton

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Status Pending
Updated January 02, 2019

Warren

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Status Approved
Status Date 06/12/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
Paper Summary A paper bag that is fully recyclable overall and contains a minimum of forty (40) percent post-consumer recycled content and contains no old growth fiber.
Reusable Definition A bag, with handles which are stitched and not heat-fused, that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse. The bag must be made of washable cloth, other durable woven or nonwoven fabric, or durable plastic film that is recyclable plastic with a minimum thickness of four (4) mils.
Stores Affected Any enterprise whereby the sale or transfer to a customer of goods in exchange for payment occurring in retail stores, farmers' markets, flea markets, and restaurants. This does not include sales of goods at yard sales, tag sales, other sales by residents at their homes, and sales by nonprofit organizations.
Compliance Date 12/01/2018
Ordinance Chapter 11, section 11-364 Article XIII
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Updated December 03, 2018
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