Alaska Bag Legislations

Statewide Legislation

Status Pending
Ordinance HB264
Notes 2/20/2018 This is on the house and passed out of committee. Prefiling of a bill to impose a 20 cent tax on disposible shopping bags. The legislative session starts January 16, 2018.
Updated October 02, 2019

Anchorage

Status Approved
Status Date August 28, 2018
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • No plastics
Reusable Definition a. is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated use over time; b. is made from cloth, other machine washable fabric, or is made from other woven material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; has handles
Stores Affected
Retail seller means a [retail or ] commercial business [facility ] located within the municipality, including but not limited to markets, grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores, retail stores, restaurants, or similar establishments that is located in a permanent building; and b.] sells goods or prepared food [to ] ...view more to final consumers such as household supplies, perishable items, or food merchandise, including meat, produce, dairy products, or snack foods. view less
Fees Between $0.10 and $0.50 for bacgs that are reusable or paper
Comply Date September 15, 2019
Ordinance AO-2018-63
Updated October 02, 2019

Bethel

Status Approved
Status Date July 01, 2009
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Banned
Paper Summary
Details:
  • Must be recyclable.
Reusable Definition See ordinance for full description.
Stores Affected Affected retail establishments (any commercial business facility that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies and retail stores), food vendors (any restaurants or retail food vendor located or operating in the city of Bethel) and non profit vendors.
Comply Date September 01, 2010
Ordinance Bethel Municipal Code, Chapter 8.12
Notes See ordinance for full description.
Updated October 02, 2019

Cordova

Status Approved
Status Date February 26, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Details:
  • None given- paper bags are allowed
Reusable Definition No definition given
Stores Affected Affected retail establishment" means any commercial business facility that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail stores. Food vendor" means any restaurant or retail food vendor located or operating within the city of Cordova.
Fees None
Comply Date January 01, 2016
Ordinance Municipal Code 8.27.020
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Updated June 11, 2021

Fairbanks

Status Failed
Notes Adopted in 9/10/2009 and rescinded in 10/8/2009. They wanted it implement a $0.05 fee per plastic bag
Updated October 02, 2019

Homer

Status Approved
Status Date February 26, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary
Details:
  • None given
Reusable Definition No definition given
Stores Affected
No Seller may provide to a buyer, any disposable plastic shopping bag. Seller includes persons who are a vendors of property, persons furnishing services, the lessors of rental space and goods, and all persons making sales, including space sale and goods and all person making sales, including consignees and persons ...view more conduct sales where items will be sold for a commission or fee. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, "seller" includes all persons engaging in sales of fireworks regardless of length of time, duration or volume of such sales in any calendar year. view less
Fees None
Comply Date January 01, 2021
Ordinance Municipal Code 5.42.030
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Updated June 11, 2021

Homer

Status Approved
Status Date August 27, 2012
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition No definition given
Stores Affected
No Seller may provide to a buyer, any disposable plastic shopping bag. Seller includes persons who are a vendors of property, persons furnishing services, the lessors of rental space and goods, and all persons making sales, including space sale and goods and all person making sales, including consignees and persons ...view more conduct sales where items will be sold for a commission or fee. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, seller includes all persons engaging in sales of fireworks regardless of length of time, duration or volume of such sales in any calendar year. view less
Fees None
Comply Date January 01, 2013
Ordinance Dec-36
Notes See ordinance for full description.
Updated October 02, 2019

Hooper Bay

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Banned
Comply Date August 01, 2010
Notes See ordinance for full description.
Updated June 01, 2021

Kodiac City

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Disposable plastic shopping bag means a bag made from plastic, including plastic marketed or labeled as biodegradable or compostable, that is not suitable for repeated reuse, if made of or containing plastic that is less than 4 mils thick, is unable to be cleaned and disinfected regularly, and is designed to carry buyer purchases from the seller's premises. Disposable plastic shopping bag does not include bags used by buyers inside stores to package bulk items such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, candy, or small hardware items, such as washers and bolts; bags used to contain dampness or leaks from items such as frozen foods, meat or fish, flowers or potted plants; bags used to protect prepared foods or bakery goods; bags provided by pharmacists to contain prescription drugs; laundry or dry cleaning bags; bags sold for buyer's use off the seller's premises for such purposes as the collection and disposal of garbage, pet waste, or yard waste; and newspaper bags.
Stores Affected Seller means a person or persons who vend property, including prepared foods, persons furnishing services, and all persons making sales, including goods and services.
Comply Date April 22, 2018
Ordinance 1372
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Updated October 02, 2019

Palmer

Status Approved
Status Date May 22, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition A bag made from plastic or any material not marked or labeled as biodegradable or compostable that is neither intended nor suitable for continuous reuse and that is less than 4 mils thick, designed to carry customer purchases from the seller's premises.
Stores Affected Affected establishment means any retail or commercial business facility located inside the city of Palmer that sells goods or prepared food directly to consumers including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, retail stores, and restaurants.
Comply Date January 01, 2019
Ordinance 18-004
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Updated October 02, 2019

Soldotna

Status Approved
Status Date February 26, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Details:
  • none given
Reusable Definition That is intended or suitable for continuous reuse and that is greater than 2.25 mils thick, designed to carry customer purchases from the seller's premises
Stores Affected "Affected establishment" means any retail or commercial business facility located inside the City of Soldotna that sells goods or prepared food directly to consumers including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, retail stores, and restaurants.
Fees None
Comply Date January 01, 2019
Ordinance Municipal Code: 8.06.030
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Updated June 11, 2021

Steward

Status Approved
Status Date February 26, 2021
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Details:
  • none given
Reusable Definition Suitable for continuous reuse and that is greater than two and one-quarter mils thick and is designed to carry customer purchases from a seller's premises, including for: bags marketed or labeled as "biodegradable" or "compostable," bags used by customers.
Stores Affected Affected retail establishment means any commercial business facility that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail stores.
Fees None
Comply Date January 01, 2019
Ordinance Municipal Code: 9.35.015
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Updated June 11, 2021

Unalaska

Status Approved
Status Date August 14, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition A bag made from plastic or any material not marked or labeled as biodegradable or compostable that is neither intended nor suitable for continuous reuse and that is less than 4 mils thick, designed to carry customer purchases from the seller's premises.
Stores Affected Seller means every entity or person, whether acting as principal, agent, broker, or lessor, making sales at retail or rental of property to a consumer and who is required and responsible to collect and remit sales taxes levied by the City of Unalaska.
Comply Date January 01, 2019
Ordinance Ordiance 2018-09 amending CH 11.16
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Updated October 02, 2019

Wasilla

Status Approved
Status Date January 01, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Allows establishments to provide carryout bags made of plastic 2.25 mil or thicker, with or without charge at their discretion.
Stores Affected Prohibits all establishments in City limits from providing single-use plastic disposable shopping bags for the purpose of carrying away goods from the point of sale.
Comply Date July 01, 2018
Ordinance 17-24 (AM)
Updated October 02, 2019

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