Statewide Legislation

Law Status
Status Date
Plastic Summary

4.0 mil

Paper Summary

Recycled paper bag means a paper bag that:(1) Is 100% recyclable; and(2) Contains at least 20% post-consumer recycled material if it has a capacity to hold at least 8 pounds,

Reusable Definition

Comply by date: 1/3/2021- Maine delaying implementation until 7/1/2021 due to Covid 19 (again)

Reusable bag means a bag with handles that: (1) Is designed and manufactured to withstand a minimum of 75 repeated uses;(2) Is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly;(3) If made from plastic is at least 4 mils thick; and(3) If made from plastic is at least 4 mils thick; and (4) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.

Paper Bag Id Requirements
Stores Affected

Restaurant means an establishment that sells prepared food directly to the consumer. Retail establishment means a store, a restaurant or a temporary business.

$0.05 for paper and reusable bags
Comply Date
LD 1532 (Chapter 346)
Law Text Details

Preemption. To ensure maximum effectiveness through uniform statewide application, the State intends to occupy the whole field of regulation of single-use carry-out bags at retail establishments beginning April 22, 2020. A local government may not adopt an ordinance regulating single-use carry-out bags at retail establishments and, beginning April 22, 2020, any ordinance or regulation that violates this subsection is void and has no force or effect.

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