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Recycled paper carryout bag means a paper carryout bag provided by a store to a customer at the point-of-sale that meets all of the following requirements: 1. Except as provided in subsection (C)(2) of this section, the paper carryout bag contains at least an average of forty (40) percent postconsumer recycled materials; 2. An eight (8) pound or smaller recycled paper bag shall contain a minimum of twenty (20) percent postconsumer recycled material; 3. The paper carryout bag is accepted for recycling in curbside programs in a majority of households that have access to curbside recycling programs in the City; 4. The paper carryout bag is capable of composting, consistent with the timeline and specifications of the American Society of Testing and Material (ASTM) Standard D6400, as published in Master Environmental 5. Printed on the paper carryout bag is the minimum percentage of postconsumer content.

Reusable Definition

Reusable carryout bag means a bag made of cloth or other material with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for long-term multiple reuse and meets all of the following requirements:1. Has a minimum lifetime of one hundred twenty-five (125) uses, which for purposes of this subsection, means the capacity of carrying a minimum of twenty-two (22) pounds one hundred twenty-five (125) times 2. Is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected; and 3. If made of film plastic, in a minimum of at least 2.25 mils thick.

Paper Bag Id Requirements
Stores Affected

Retail establishment means any person, corporation, partnership, business, facility, vendor, organization or individual that sells or provides merchandise, goods, or materials, including, without limitation, clothing, food, or personal items of any kind, directly to a customer: retail establishment includes, by way of example, and not limitation, any grocery store, department store, hardware store, pharmacy, liquor store, restaurant, catering truck, convenience store, and any other retail store or vendor, including temporary ones at farmers markets, street fairs, and festivals.

$0.10 on paper bags
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Chapter 8.21

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