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Rhode Island - Bag Legislation

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Statewide Legislation

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Status Pending
Ordinance HB 5946
Notes 6/22/2017 Plastic Waste Reduction Act, presented to House Environement and Natural Resource Committee on 6/21. Bill seeks to prohibit retail establishments from offerring plastic checkout bags, plastic water bottels and polystrene food containers. 100% recyclable paper bags, plastic bags and reusable bags would be permitted.
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Updated June 21, 2017

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

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

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

Portsmouth

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Status Pending
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
Updated April 05, 2017
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