Maryland Bag Legislations

Statewide Legislation

Status Pending
Status Date January 15, 2021
Reusable Definition 1/15/2021- curretnly in Senate Committees, recently received a favorable report by the finance committee. 8/12/2020 Update- Passed the house- curretnly with the senate for review. Summary of the bill: Prohibiting a store from distributing plastic carryout bags to a customer at the point of sale; requiring a store to charge and collect at least 10 cents for each durable carryout bag the store provides to a customer; authorizing a store to retain all money collected under certain circumstances; providing certain penalties for certain violations of the Act under certain circumstances; establishing the Single-Use Products Workgroup; requiring the Workgroup to study and make recommendations regarding single-use products; 
Ordinance HB 209 ref: SB 0313
Notes https://legiscan.com/MD/bill/HB209/2020 http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0209?ys=2020RS&search=True
Updated February 01, 2021

Annapolis

Status Failed, but voluntary recycling program
Notes 2007 proposed a plastic bag ban. Ban did not pass, but a recycling campaign was introduced.
Updated October 02, 2019

Annapolis

Status Inactive
Status Date February 05, 2020
Comply Date January 01, 2021
Ordinance #0-9-2020
Notes Currently on hold due to Covid 19. DO not know when they will bring it back to review.
Updated June 11, 2021

Baltimore

Status Approved
Status Date November 18, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Stores Affected Anyone engaged in retail sale of goods. This includes: supermarket, convenience store, restaurants, shops, service stations, or other sales outlet.
Fees $0.05 on all bags
Comply Date January 01, 2021
Ordinance CCB19-0401
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Updated February 03, 2020

Chestertown

Status Approved
Status Date March 07, 2011
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • 2.25ml thick or overall size of the bag is 28X36 or larger
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment means any commercial business facility that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer, including, but not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, liquor stores, mini marts, and retail stores and vendors selling clothing food and personal items.
Fees None
Comply Date January 12, 2012
Ordinance 01-2011 Chapter 133
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Updated October 02, 2019

Howard County

Status Approved
Status Date December 06, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • bag tax- no ban
Paper Summary
Details:
  • none given
Reusable Definition DISPOSIABLE BAG" HAS THE MEANING STATED IN SECTION 13-1001 OF THE LOCAL 15 GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE MARYLAND CODE.
Stores Affected STORE HAS THE MEANING STATED IN SECTION 13-1001 OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT 18 ARTICLE OF THE MARYLAND CODE.
Fees $0.05 on all bags
Comply Date October 01, 2020
Ordinance 64-2019
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Updated June 04, 2020

Montgomery County

Status Approved
Stores Affected Retail establishment means any person engaged in the retail sale of goods. Retail Establishment includes any supermarket, convenience store, shop, service station or restaurant and any other sales outlet where a customer can buy goods.
Fees Plastic/Paper Tax: $0.05 per bag.
Comply Date January 01, 2012
Ordinance 11-Aug
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Updated October 02, 2019

Statewide Legislation

Status Pending
Status Date February 10, 2021
Ordinance HB314
Notes 2/10/2021 Passed first reading, refferal to CMTE
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Updated June 11, 2021

Statewide Legislation

Status Pending
Status Date February 10, 2021
Ordinance SB223
Notes Introduced: 2021 - 2/10/2021 Passed first reading, referral to CMTE
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Updated June 11, 2021

Takoma Park

Status Approved
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • No plastic allowed
Reusable Definition No definition given - no plastic allowed
Stores Affected Retail establishment means any person engaged in the retail sale of goods. Retail establishment includes any supermarket, convenience store, shop, service station, restaurant, farmers market vendor, and any other sales outlet where a customer can buy goods. (Ord. 2016-31 ? 1, 2016)
Comply Date December 01, 2016
Ordinance Chapter 8.48
Updated October 02, 2019

Westminister

Status Approved
Status Date May 13, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • No plastic allowed
Reusable Definition No plastic allowed
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, join ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit.
Fees None
Comply Date July 01, 2021
Ordinance 911
Notes Due to Covid was pushed out to 7/1/2021
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Updated August 18, 2020

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