Maine Bag Legislations

Statewide Legislation

Status Approved
Status Date January 01, 2021
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • 4.0 mil
Paper Summary
Details:
  • "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.
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.
Fees $0.05 for paper and reusable bags
Comply Date July 01, 2021
Ordinance LD 1532 (Chapter 346)
Notes https://legiscan.com/ME/bill/LD1532/2019 https://www.maine.gov/dep/waste/recycle/plastic-bag-film.html 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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Updated February 01, 2021

Bar Harbor

Status Approved
Status Date January 15, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition A bag specifically designed and manufactured for the repeated use of carrying food, beverage or merchandise, whether made of cloth, fiber or plastic; is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; has the capability of carrying 18 pounds or more; and, if plastic, is at least 4.0 mil thick.
Stores Affected Any commercial enterprise engaged in the sale of food and merchandise, including but not limited to grocery and convenient stores, markets, pharmacies, restaurants, take out food, temporary and seasonal businesses, and other merchant retailers
Comply Date February 14, 2019
Ordinance 2019-01 (Chapeter 94)
Updated October 02, 2019

Bath

Status Approved
Status Date November 08, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that meets all of the following criteria: A. Is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; B. Is washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; C. If plastic, has a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils, has handles, and has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected
Store means all retail establishments and restaurants located within the City of Bath engaged in the sale of perishable or non-perishable goods to the ultimate consumer for direct use or consumption and not for resale, such as: A. A drug store, pharmacy, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or ...view more entity located in a permanent building, operating year-round, and which sells at retail a line of staple foodstuffs, meats, produce, household supplies, dairy products or other perishable items. B. A hardware store, home improvement supplier, clothing store, print shop, entertainment retailer, personal care product retailer including jewelry, gifts, house wares and crafts. C. A farmer's market and/or its tenant participants or other temporary and/or seasonal retail entities. D. Fairs, festivals, craft or flea markets, or other events of an infrequent and short-term nature, shall not be considered stores for the purposes of this article. view less
Fees Bag Charge: April 22, 2018 - $0.05 per bag, April 22, 2019 - $.0.10 per bag, April 22, 2020 - $.0.1
Comply Date April 22, 2018
Ordinance Chapter 13, Article 5
Updated October 02, 2019

Belfast

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Banned
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that meets all of the following criteria: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand 50 repeated uses over a period of time; (b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) Is at least four mils thick, if made from plastic; and (d) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected Store means all retail establishments, including but not limited to convenience stores, restaurants, sellers of merchandise and dry goods sold to the ultimate consumer for direct use or consumption and not for resale.
Comply Date January 20, 2012
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Updated October 02, 2019

Blue Hill

Status Approved
Status Date April 07, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition A bag specifically designed and manufactured for the repeated use of carrying food, beverage or merchandise, whether made of cloth, fiber or plastic, and has the capability of carrying a 18 pounds or more and, if plastic, is at least 4.0 mil thick.
Stores Affected A person or entity engaging in the sale or distribution of perishable or nonperishable goods to consumers. This includes retail vendors of food, beverages or merchandise, restaurants, producers, schools, hospitals, religious institutions, governmental institutions, granges, community centers, markets, temporary and/or seasonal vendors and onsite events.
Comply Date July 01, 2018
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Updated October 02, 2019

Brunswick

Status Approved
Status Date March 01, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is: (a) designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (b) is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) at least 4.0 mil thick if made from plastic; (d) has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses; and (e) capable of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected Store means any retail establishment, located within the Town of Brunswick, that engages in the retail sale of goods, products, clothing, or merchandise.
Comply Date September 01, 2017
Ordinance Bill 6
Notes In late October 2015, residence started a campaign to ban bags. The councils will not even consider until after the 1st of the year. (2016)
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Updated October 02, 2019

Camden

Status Approved
Status Date November 16, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that meets the following criteria: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time (b) Is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly (c) Has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses; (d) Is at least four mils thick, if made from plastic; and (e) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment means any business of any size which sells goods directly to the public.
Fees $0.10 for paper bags
Comply Date April 03, 2019
Ordinance Chapter VI-22 (page 51)
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Updated October 02, 2019

Cape Elizabeth

Status Approved
Status Date November 06, 2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition (c) Reusable Bag shall mean a bag that: i. is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of timel ii. is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly, iii. is at least 2.25 millimeters thick if made from plastic, has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses v. has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected Any retail establishment including a full-line, self-service markets in permanent buildings that sell a line of staple foodstuffs, meats, seafood, produce, household supplies, dairy products or other perishable items; drug stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience food stores, food mart gift stores; and farm stands
Fees Fees: $0.05 per bag
Comply Date December 06, 2017
Ordinance Chapter 11, Article IV
Updated October 02, 2019

Damariscotta

Status Approved
Status Date November 07, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that meets all of the following criteria: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand 125 repeated uses over a period of time; (b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) Is at least four mils thick, if made from plastic; and; (d) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected Store means all retail establishments, including but not limited to convenience stores, street vendors, restaurants, grocery stores, sellers of merchandise and dry goods sold to the ultimate consumer for direct use or consumption and not for resale
Comply Date March 01, 2019
Ordinance Chapter 2013
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Updated October 02, 2019

Falmouth

Status Approved
Status Date January 01, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that meets all of the following criteria: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) Is at least 4 mil thick, if made from plastic; and (d) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected Store means a retail establishment located within the Town of Falmouth engaged in the sale, rental and/or lease of perishable or non-perishable goods to the ultimate consumer for direct use or consumption and not for resale, with a floor area whose square footage exceeds 10,000 feet.
Fees $0.05 fee on both plastic and paper single use bags only that do not meet the definition of a reusab
Comply Date April 01, 2016
Ordinance Sec II-8-12
Notes The language was revised by council at the Nov meeting. The public will get to comment at the Dec 15 meeting. On September 14th, the held a town meeting to discuss fee on single use bags. Public input is requested over the next 30 days to plan next steps.
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Updated October 02, 2019

Freeport

Status Approved
Status Date June 14, 2016
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that meets all of the following criteria: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) Has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses; and (d) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected
The term Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the Town of Freeport engaged in the sale of perishable or non-perishable goods to the ultimate consumer for direct use or consumption and not for resale: (a) a full-line, self-service market located in a permanent building, operating year-round, ...view more which sells at retail a line of staple foodstuffs, meats, produce, household. supplies, dairy products or other perishable items. (b) a drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or other entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that includes milk, bread, soda, and snack foods. Store does not mean: 1) Restaurants; or 2) Businesses at which food sales are an incidental part of the business. Food sales will be considered to be incidental if such sales comprise no more than 2 percent of the business's gross sales in the Town of Freeport as measured by the dollar value of food sales as a percentage of the dollar value of total sales at any single location. view less
Fees $0.05 fee on paper single use bags
Comply Date September 12, 2016
Ordinance Chapter 55
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Updated October 02, 2019

Kennebunk

Status Approved
Status Date June 17, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that meets all of the following criteria: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) and at least 3.0 mils thick.
Stores Affected Any commercial enterprise engaged in the sale of food and merchandise including but not limited to grocery and convenient stores. Markets. Pharmacies, restaurants, take out food, temporary and seasonal businesses, and other merchant retailers. Non profit and religious organizations are not considered retailers.
Comply Date October 15, 2016
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Updated October 02, 2019

Manchester

Status Approved
Status Date June 14, 2018
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag. A bag that meets all of the following criteria: i. Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; ii. Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; iii. Has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses; and iv. Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected
Store. Any of the following retail establishments located within the Town of Manchester engaged in the sale of perishable or non-perishable goods to the ultimate consumer for direct use or consumption and not for resale: i. A full line, self service market located in a permanent building, operating year round, ...view more which sells at retail a line of staple foodstuffs, meats, produce, household supplies, dairy products or other perishable items. ii. A drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, restaurant, engaged in retail sales. view less
Comply Date January 01, 2019
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Updated October 02, 2019

New Castle

Status Approved
Status Date November 07, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that meets all of the following criteria: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand 125 repeated uses over a period of time; (b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) Is at least four mils thick, if made from plastic; and; (d) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected Store means all retail establishments, including but not limited to convenience stores, street vendors, restaurants, grocery stores, sellers of merchandise and dry goods sold to the ultimate consumer for direct use or consumption and not for resale.
Comply Date March 01, 2019
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Updated October 02, 2019

Portland

Status Approved
Status Date June 16, 2014
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) That is at least 2.25 mil thick if made from plastic; (d) Has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses; and (e) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected
The term Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the City of Portland: (a) a full-line, self-service market located in a permanent building, operating year-round, and which sells at retail a line of staple foodstuffs, meats, produce, household supplies, dairy products or other perishable items. (b) a ...view more store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or other entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that includes milk, bread, soda, and snack foods. Store does not mean: Businesses at which foodstuffs are an incidental part of the business. Food sales will be considered to be incidental if such sales comprise no more than 2 percent of the business's gross sales in the City as measured by the dollar value of food sales as a percentage of the dollar value of total sales at any single location. view less
Fees $0.05 fee on both plastic and paper single use bags only that do not meet the definition of a reusab
Comply Date April 15, 2015
Ordinance 260-13/14
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Updated October 02, 2019

Rockland

Status Approved
Status Date March 13, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Single-use Carryout Paper Bag means a paper bag provided at the check stand, cash register, point of sale or other point of departure for purposes of transporting food, food related merchandise and all non-food related merchandise out of the Store. D. Reusable bag means a bag that meets all of the following criteria:(a) Designed and manufactured to withstand 50 repeated uses over a period of time;(b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly;(c) Is at least four mils thick, if made from plastic; and(d) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected Store means all retail establishments, including but not limited to convenience stores, restaurants, sellers of merchandise and dry goods sold to the ultimate consumer for direct use or consumption and not for resale.
Fees Single-use Carryout Paper Bag for a mandatory minimum charge of five cents ($0.05) per bag. The cha
Comply Date January 01, 2019
Ordinance Amendment #6 to Bill Chapter 14, Article 1, section 14-106
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Updated October 02, 2019

Saco

Status Approved
Status Date April 03, 2017
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Banned
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag with consumer carrying handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of cloth, fiber or other machine washable fabric, but not plastic film.
Stores Affected Business means any business that has or requires a business license with the City
Comply Date October 01, 2017
Ordinance Chapter 171
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Updated October 02, 2019

South Portland

Status Approved
Status Date September 21, 2015
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) That is at least 2.25 mil thick if made from plastic; (d) Has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses; and (e) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected
The term Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the City of Portland: (a) a full-line, self-service market located in a permanent building, operating year-round, and which sells at retail a line of staple foodstuffs, meats, produce, household supplies, dairy products or other perishable items. (b) a ...view more store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or other entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that includes milk, bread, soda, and snack foods. Store does not mean: Businesses at which foodstuffs are an incidental part of the business. Food sales will be considered to be incidental if such sales comprise no more than 2 percent of the business's gross sales in the City as measured by the dollar value of food sales as a percentage of the dollar value of total sales at any single location. view less
Fees $0.05 fee on both plastic and paper single use bags only that do not meet the definition of a reusab
Comply Date March 01, 2016
Ordinance 3-15/16 also included in the City Code under Chapter 9, Article VI
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Updated October 02, 2019

South West Harbor

Status Approved
Status Date November 13, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) That is at least 4.0 mil thick if made from plastic; Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds.
Stores Affected Store. Any commercial enterprise engaged in the sale of food and mechandice, including but not limited to-grocery and cenvenient stores, markets, pharmacies, restaurants, take out food, temporary and seasonal businesses, and other merchant retailers. Non profit and religious organizations are not considered retailers.
Comply Date February 22, 2019
Ordinance Single Use Carryout Bag ordinance
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Updated October 02, 2019

Statewide Legislation

Status Approved
Status Date June 17, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 20% Min PCW
Details:
  • 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 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.
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.
Fees $0.05 for paper and reusable bags
Comply Date January 15, 2021
Ordinance LD 1532 (Chapter 346)
Notes 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.
Updated June 04, 2020

Topsham

Status Approved
Status Date November 08, 2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is: (a) Designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; (c) That is at least 4.0 mil thick if made from plastic; (d) Has a minimum lifetime of 75 uses; and (e) Has the capability of carrying a minimum of 18 pounds
Stores Affected
The term Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the Town of Topsham: (a) a full-line, self-service market located in a permanent building, operating year-round, and which sells at retail a line of staple foodstuffs, meats, produce, household supplies, dairy products or other perishable items. (b) a ...view more store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or other entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that includes milk, bread, soda, and snack foods. Store does not mean: Businesses at which foodstuffs are an incidental part of the business. Food sales will be considered to be incidental if such sales comprise no more than 2 percent of the business's gross sales in the Town as measured by the dollar value of food sales as a percentage of the dollar value of total sales at any single location view less
Fees $0.05
Comply Date May 01, 2017
Ordinance Bill 2016
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Updated October 02, 2019

Waterville

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Windham

Status Pending
Ordinance 12-076
Notes 4/2012 Drafting an ordinance to ban or tax grocery bags in 2012.
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Updated October 02, 2019

York

Status Approved
Status Date November 07, 2015
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 3.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time; (b) Is machine washable or, made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly; That is at least 3.0 mil thick if made from plastic.
Stores Affected Any commercial enterprise engaged in the sale of food and merchandise including but not limited to grocery and convenient stores. Markets. Pharmacies, restaurants, take out food, temporary and seasonal businesses, and other merchant retailers. Non profit and religious organizations are not considered retailers.
Comply Date March 07, 2016
Ordinance Article 7
Updated October 02, 2019

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