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South Carolina - Bag Legislation

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Statewide Legislation

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Status Pending
Ordinance H3529
Notes 2/7/2018 This is to ban plastic bag bans. It passed the House, it does have a grandfather clause that allows ordianances passed by Jan 31 to stay effective. It now has to go through the Senate.
Updated January 25, 2018

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.
More Information Link to more information
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

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

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
More Information Link to more information
Updated March 02, 2018
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