South Carolina Bag Legislations

Statewide Legislation

Status Pending
Updated October 02, 2019

Arcadia Lakes

Status Approved
Status Date February 07, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition REUSABLE CARRYOUT BAG. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled;(2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and(3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils;
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, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity whether for profit or not for profit.
Comply Date March 20, 2020
Ordinance 2019-
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Updated October 02, 2019

Beaufort County

Status Approved
Status Date January 08, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; (2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and (3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials, whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils;
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, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit
Ordinance Chapter 38, Article 6
Notes 1/23/2018 passed after third reading, but is on hold - will not be finalized until Feb 13.
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Updated October 02, 2019

Bluffton

Status Approved
Status Date February 13, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; (2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and (3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials, whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils;
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, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit
Comply Date October 01, 2018
Notes 1/20/2017 had second reading, changed some veribage and will have 3rd reading and vote at Feb 13, 2018 meeting.
Updated October 02, 2019

Camden

Status Approved
Status Date March 26, 2019
Reusable Definition Reusable Carry-Out Bag: A carry-out bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria:(1)Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled;(2)Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carry-out bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and(3)Is constructed out of any of the following materials:(a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven; (b)Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils; or(c)Recyclable paper.
Stores Affected Business Establishment: Any commercial enterprise that provides carry-out bags to its customers through its employees or independent contractors associated with the business. The term includes sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity whether for profit or not for profit.
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance 2019-008
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Updated October 02, 2019

Charleston

Status Approved
Status Date November 27, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; (2) Has a handle; (3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials, whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 4.0 mils; (4) minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet.
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, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit. This term is inclusive of any store ...view more business, which sells or offers goods or merchandise, locating or operating within the City, including those referenced in GROCERY ESTABILSIHMENT AND FOOD PROVIDER. view less
Comply Date January 02, 2020
Ordinance 2018-145 (Chapter 14, Artcile V)
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Updated October 02, 2019

Charleston County

Status Approved
Status Date November 21, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition “Reusable carryout bag” A carryout bag specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse that meets the following criteria: A. Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag’s ability to be reused and recycled; B. Has a handle, except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than fourteen (14) inches and width of less than eight (8) inches; and C. Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (1) Cloth, canvas, or other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven; (2) Recyclable plastic with a minimum thickness of 4 mils; or (3) Recyclable paper.
Stores Affected
"Business establishment" Any food or grocery establishment, food provider, retail, or commercial enterprise that provides single use plastic carryout bags to its customers through its employees, agents, or independent contractors associated with that business. The term includes, but is not limited to, retailers, stores, shops, sellers, vendors, warehouses, merchants or ...view more other entity that sells goods and products that use and distribute single use plastic carryout bags to their customers to carry, transport, or store purchased goods or products purchased from the business establishment. view less
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance 2085
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Updated March 06, 2020

City of Beaufort

Status Approved
Status Date January 01, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; (2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and (3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials, whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils;
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, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit
Comply Date October 01, 2018
Notes Set to vote on 1/31/2018 with final reading
Updated March 12, 2020

Edisto beach

Status Approved
Status Date April 11, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Details:
  • Recyclable paper
Reusable Definition Reusable carryout bag. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is constructed out of any of the following materials: Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven; Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils; or Recyclable paper.
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, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity whether for profit or not for profit. This term is inclusive of any store ...view more business which sells or offers goods or merchandise, located or operating within the town, including those referenced as a food establishment or food provider. view less
Comply Date January 01, 2020
Ordinance Section 38
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Updated October 02, 2019

Hilton Head

Status Approved
Status Date January 09, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Due to COVID-19, Hilton Head is relaxing this law. No penalty if single use bags are given out. Reusable Carryout Bag. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; (2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and (3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials, whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils;
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, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit
Comply Date October 01, 2018
Updated June 04, 2020

James Island

Status Approved
Status Date January 17, 2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition REUSABLE CARRYOUT BAG:A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple use, and meets the following criteria:(a)Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled;(b)Has a handle;(c)Is constructed out of any of the following materials:Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven capable of being cleaned and disinfected;2.Plastic film, with a minimum thickness of four (4.0) mills and capable of being cleaned and disinfected;(d)Has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses, which for purposes of this definition means the capability of carrying a minimum of 22 pounds 125 times over a distance of at least 175 feet.
Stores Affected
FOOD OR GROCERY ESTABLISHMENT. All sales outlets, stores, shops, vehicles or other places of business located within the town, which operate, sell, or convey foods, or beverages, which foods or beverages are predominantly contained, wrapped or held in or on packaging. FOOD ESTABLISHMENT shall include, but not be limited to, ...view more place where food is prepared, mixed, cooked, baked, smoked, preserved, bottled, packaged, handled, stored, manufactured and sold or offered for sale, including but not limited to, any fixed or mobile restaurant, drive-in, convenience store, coffee shop, cafeteria, short-order caf, delicatessen, luncheonette, grill, sandwich shop, soda fountain, hotel, motel, movie house, theatre, bed and breakfast inn, tavern, bar, cocktail lounge, nightclub, roadside stand, takeout prepared food place, industrial feeding establishment, catering kitchen, mobile food preparation unit, commissary, event, grocery store, public food market, produce stand, food stand, or similar place in or at which food or drink is prepared for sale, or for service, on the premise or elsewhere, and any other establishment or operation where food is processed, prepared, stored, served, sold, or provided for the public and any organization, group or individual which provides food as part of its service. BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENT. Any commercial enterprise that provides carryout bags to its cumomers through its employees or independent contractors associated with the business. The term includes sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity whether for profit or not for profit. This term is inclusive of any store or business, which sells or offers goods or merchandise, located or operating within the town, including those referenced in the definitions of food or grocery establishment and food provider. view less
Comply Date January 17, 2020
Ordinance 2018-16
Updated October 02, 2019

Mount Pleasant

Status Approved
Status Date April 16, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected 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, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit
Comply Date April 16, 2019
Ordinance 18024 (Title V, Chapter 53)
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Updated October 02, 2019

Myrtle Beach, North

Status Approved
Status Date April 15, 2019
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Banned
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and made a durable material specificallydesigned for and provided tocustomers with the intention of multiple, long term use and does not include any filmplastic bags.
Stores Affected Any entity or individual engaged in the retail sale of goods. Retail establishments include any, grocery stores, super market, convenience stores, shop, service station, restaurant, farmers market vendor or any other sales outlet where a customer can purchase goods, material or prodcuts.
Comply Date January 01, 2021
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Updated October 02, 2019

Port Royal

Status Approved
Status Date February 15, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable Carryout Bag. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; (2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and (3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials, whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils;
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, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit
Comply Date October 01, 2018
Notes Final reading not scheduled until mid February 2018
Updated October 02, 2019

Richland County

Status Approved
Notes 7/10/2019 passed 1st reading. Must pass 2 more readings to be approved.
Updated October 02, 2019

Surfside Beach

Status Approved
Status Date January 24, 2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Reusable Definition Reusable carryout bag means a carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: i) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; ii) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (1) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven; (2) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils; or (3) Recyclable paper.
Stores Affected Business establishment means 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, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity whether for profit or not for profit.
Comply Date June 01, 2018
Ordinance 17-0862
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Updated October 02, 2019

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