Texas Bag Legislations

Statewide Legislation

Status Inactive
Ordinance HB 2416
Notes HB 2416: Allows businesses to provide bags made from any material to customers at checkout. Prohibits and supercedes local government bag bans.
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Updated October 02, 2019

Austin

Status Repealed
Status Date April 12, 2012
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 80% Min PCW
Reusable Definition A bag specifically designed and manufactured for multiple use, (a) requires labeling (b) has a handle (3) constructed of cloth or other washable fabric or approved plastic resins. Durable material whether woven or non woven, recyclable plastic with a minimum thickness of 4.0 mil and containing only
Stores Affected Business establishment means any commercial enterprise that provides carry out bags to its customers, including sole proprietorship, joint venture, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit, and includes all employees of the business or any independent contractors associated with the business.
Fees None
Comply Date March 01, 2013
Ordinance 20120301-078 Chapter 15-6
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Updated March 13, 2020

Brownsville

Status Repealed
Updated March 13, 2020

Corpus Christie

Status Repealed
Notes 7/29/2013 Meeting scheduled for 7/30/2013 to begin discussion and present ordinance request for bag ban. 06/23/2012 - reviewing ban. Meeting scheduled for late May 2012
Updated March 13, 2020

Dallas

Status Failed
Status Date March 25, 2014
Fees $0.05 environmental fee on plastic and paper
Comply Date January 01, 2015
Ordinance 29307
Notes 06/04/2015: The Dallas City Council voted to repeal the city ordinance regulating carryout bags. The amendment banning plastic bags and exempting paper bags was voted down 9-6 by the Council before a motion to repeal the carryout bag ordinance was introduced. That motion for repeal passed 10-4. Beginning Monday June 8, 2015, carryout bags will be free in Dallas. 03/26/2014 This is not a ban, but they have instituted an environmental fee on paper and plastic bags. 7/2/2013 Dallas council on summer break, will resume talks in August. 5/23/2013 A draft proposal modeled after Austin bag ordinance is being distributed for review. Under review- no action at this time, no documentation or ordinance drafted.
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Updated October 02, 2019

El Paso

Status Repealed
Notes HB1877 tax on plastic (2011)
Updated March 13, 2020

Fort Stockton

Status Repealed
Status Date August 24, 2012
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Durable material
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition A bag that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable material specifically designed for reuse.
Stores Affected Business means any commercial enterprise or establishment, including sole proprietorship, joint venture, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit, and includes all employees of the business or any independent contractors associated with the business.
Fees None
Comply Date September 01, 2011
Ordinance 11-117 Chapter 12
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Updated March 13, 2020

Houston

Status Repealed
Notes The Mayor has brought up initial discussion, no ordinance is proposed at this time. See page 24 of document.
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Updated March 13, 2020

Issaquah

Status Repealed
Notes Reviewing ordinance in May 2012
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Updated March 13, 2020

Kermit

Status Repealed
Status Date October 01, 2013
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 2.25mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
  • Specific Id Requirements
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed 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
Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the City: (1) A full-line, self-service retail store with gross annual sales of one million dollars ($1,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or nonfood items and some perishable items; (2) A store of at ...view more 10,000 square feet of retail space that generates sales or use tax pursuant to the Texas Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law. ; or (3) A drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or other entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited ine of goods that includes milk, bread, soda, and snack foods, including those stores with a license issued by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. view less
Comply Date October 01, 2013
Ordinance 13-05
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Updated March 13, 2020

Laguna Vista

Status Repealed
Status Date September 11, 2012
Plastic Summary
Details:
  • Durable material
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Reusable Definition A bag that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable material specifically designed for reuse.
Stores Affected
Affected retail establishments means any retail business establishment, temporary vendor or restaurant, located within the corporate limits of the Town of Laguna Vista. Business establishment means any commercial enterprise, including sole proprietorship, joint venture, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit, and includes all ...view more of the business or any independent contractors associated with the business. view less
Fees None
Comply Date January 01, 2013
Ordinance 2012-23
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Updated March 13, 2020

Laredo

Status Repealed
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Updated March 13, 2020

Midland

Status Repealed
Notes 2012 reviewing ban/tax
Updated March 13, 2020

Odessa

Status Repealed
Notes 2012 reviewing ban/tax
Updated March 13, 2020

Port Aransas

Status Repealed
Status Date December 18, 2014
Paper Summary
Requirements:
  • 100% Min Recyclable
  • 40% Min PCW
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper carryout bag provided by a retail establishment to a customer at the point of sale for purposes of transporting groceries or other goods and meets all of the following requirements: 1. contains no old growth fiber; 2. is 100% recyclable; 3. contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content; and 4. displays the words Reusable and Recyclable in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of cloth or other fabric, or other durable material suitable for reuse, and has durable built-in handles or draw-strings.
Stores Affected Business establishment means a commercial enterprise or establishment, including sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity including contractors associated with the business.
Comply Date January 01, 2016
Ordinance 2014-15
Updated March 13, 2020

Sunset Valley

Status Repealed
Status Date February 19, 2013
Plastic Summary
Requirements:
  • 4.00mil Min Plastic Bag Thickness
Details:
  • Recyclable.
Paper Summary
Details:
  • Recyclable Paper.
Reusable Definition A bag specifically designed and manufactured for multiple use, (a) requires labeling (b) has a handle (3) constructed of cloth or other washable fabric or approved plastic resins. Durable material whether woven or non woven, recyclable plastic with a minimum thickness of 4.0 mil and containing only.
Stores Affected Business establishment means any commercial enterprise that provides carry out bags to its customers, including sole proprietorship, joint venture, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit, and includes all employees of the business or any independent contractors associated with the business.
Fees None
Comply Date September 01, 2013
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Updated March 13, 2020

Waco

Status Repealed
Updated March 13, 2020

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