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South Carolina - Bag Legislation

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Status Pending
Updated January 02, 2019

Arcadia Lakes

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/07/2019
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mils
Reusable Definition REUSABLE CARRYOUT BAG. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled;(2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and(3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils;
Stores Affected BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENT. Any commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers through its employees or independent contractors associated with the business. The term includes sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity whether for profit or not for profit.
Compliance Date 03/20/2020
Ordinance 2019-
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Updated February 28, 2019

Beaufort County

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/08/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mils
Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; (2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and (3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials, whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils;
Stores Affected Business Establishment. Any commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers through its employees or independent contractors associated with the business. The term includes sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit
Ordinance Chapter 38, Article 6
Notes 1/23/2018 passed after third reading, but is on hold - will not be finalized until Feb 13.
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Updated March 02, 2018

Bluffton

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/13/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mils
Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; (2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and (3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials, whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils;
Stores Affected Business Establishment. Any commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers through its employees or independent contractors associated with the business. The term includes sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit
Compliance Date 10/01/2018
Notes 1/20/2017 had second reading, changed some veribage and will have 3rd reading and vote at Feb 13, 2018 meeting.
Updated March 02, 2018

Charleston

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Status Approved
Status Date 11/27/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mils
Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; (2) Has a handle; (3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials, whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 4.0 mils; (4) minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet.
Stores Affected
Business Establishment. Any commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers through its employees or independent contractors associated with the business. The term includes sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit. This term is inclusive of any store ...view more business, which sells or offers goods or merchandise, locating or operating within the City, including those referenced in GROCERY ESTABILSIHMENT AND FOOD PROVIDER. view less
Compliance Date 01/02/2020
Ordinance 2018-145 (Chapter 14, Artcile V)
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Updated January 02, 2019

City of Beaufort

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Status Passed
Status Date 01/01/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mils
Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; (2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and (3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials, whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils;
Stores Affected Business Establishment. Any commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers through its employees or independent contractors associated with the business. The term includes sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit
Compliance Date 10/01/2018
Notes Set to vote on 1/31/2018 with final reading
Updated March 02, 2018

Hilton Head

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/09/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mils
Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; (2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and (3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials, whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils;
Stores Affected Business Establishment. Any commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers through its employees or independent contractors associated with the business. The term includes sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit
Compliance Date 10/01/2018
Updated March 02, 2018

James Island

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/17/2019
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mils
Reusable Definition REUSABLE CARRYOUT BAG. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple use, and meets the following criteria: (a) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior language describing the bag’s ability to be reused and recycled; (b) Has a handle; (c) Is constructed out of any of the following materials:. Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven capable of being cleaned and disinfected; 2. Plastic film, with a minimum thickness of four (4.0) mills and capable of being cleaned and disinfected; (d) Has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses, which for purposes of this definition means the capability of carrying a minimum of 22 pounds 125 times over a distance of at least 175 feet.
Stores Affected
FOOD OR GROCERY ESTABLISHMENT. All sales outlets, stores, shops, vehicles or other places of business located within the town, which operate, sell, or convey foods, or beverages, which foods or beverages are predominantly contained, wrapped or held in or on packaging. FOOD ESTABLISHMENT shall include, but not be limited to, any place where ...view more is prepared, mixed, cooked, baked, smoked, preserved,  bottled, packaged, handled, stored, manufactured and sold or offered for sale, including but not limited to, any fixed or mobile restaurant, drive-in, convenience store, coffee shop, cafeteria, short-order café, delicatessen, luncheonette, grill, sandwich shop, soda fountain, hotel, motel, movie house, theatre, bed and breakfast inn, tavern, bar, cocktail lounge, nightclub, roadside stand, takeout prepared food place, industrial feeding establishment, catering kitchen, mobile food preparation unit, commissary, event, grocery store, public food market, produce stand, food stand, or similar place in or at which food or drink is prepared for sale, or for service, on the premise or elsewhere, and any other establishment or operation where food is processed, prepared, stored, served, sold, or provided for the public and any organization, group or individual which provides food as part of its service. BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENT. Any commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its cumomers through its employees or independent contractors associated with the business. The term includes sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity whether for profit or not for profit. This term is inclusive of any store or business, which sells or offers goods or merchandise, located or operating within the town, including those referenced in the definitions of "food or grocery establishment" and "food provider." view less
Compliance Date 01/17/2020
Ordinance 2018-16
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Updated February 28, 2019

Mount Pleasant

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Status Approved
Status Date 04/16/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 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 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected Any commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers through its employees or independent contractors associated with the business. The term includes sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit
Compliance Date 04/16/2019
Ordinance 18024 (Title V, Chapter 53)
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Updated April 30, 2018

Myrtle Beach, North

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Status Approved
Status Date 04/15/2019
Plastic Summary Banned
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and made a durable material specificallydesigned for and provided tocustomers with the intention of multiple, long term use and does not include any filmplastic bags.
Stores Affected Any entity or individual engaged in the retail sale of goods. Retail establishments include any, grocery stores, super market, convenience stores, shop, service station, restaurant, farmers market vendor or any other sales outlet where a customer can purchase goods, material or prodcuts.
Compliance Date 01/01/2021
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Updated May 02, 2019

Port Royal

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/15/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mils
Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; (2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and (3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials, whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils;
Stores Affected Business Establishment. Any commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers through its employees or independent contractors associated with the business. The term includes sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit
Compliance Date 10/01/2018
Notes Final reading not scheduled until mid February 2018
Updated March 02, 2018

Surfside Beach

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/24/2018
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mils
Reusable Definition Reusable carryout bag means a carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: i) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; ii) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (1) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven; (2) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils; or (3) Recyclable paper.
Stores Affected Business establishment means any commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its customers through its employees or independent contractors associated with the business. The term includes sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity whether for profit or not for profit.
Compliance Date 06/01/2018
Ordinance 17-0862
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Updated March 02, 2018
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