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    Hamdentop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 02/14/2019
    Plastic Summary No plastic allowed
    Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
    Reusable Definition A bag specifically designed and manufactured for multiple re-use made of cloth or other fabric.
    Stores Affected
    Establishment: Any operation that provides goods – including food and/or beverages – and/or services directly to consumers, with or without charge; sporadic, temporary, part- or full-time; commercial, non-profit, religious, educational, foundation-related, or governmental; whether on private, public, religious, or school property. Examples include, without limitation, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, ...view more stores, restaurants, retail stores, farmers’ markets, school or church fund-raising activities, or other events. view less
    Comply Date 09/01/2019
    Ordinance Chapter 126
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    Updated April 01, 2019

    Amesburgtop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 03/14/2019
    Comply Date 09/15/2019
    Ordinance 2019-04
    Updated April 01, 2019

    Beckettop

    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019

    Cantontop

    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019

    Georgetowntop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 05/01/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 mil
    Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag that is specifically designed for multiple use and is made of cloth, fabric or other durable materials.
    Stores Affected "Establishment" means any business selling goods, articles, food or personal services to the public, including restaurants.
    Comply Date 05/01/2019
    Ordinance Article 19
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    Updated April 01, 2019

    Halifaxtop

    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019

    Hansontop

    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019

    Hinghamtop

    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019

    Lunenbergtop

    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019

    Medifieldtop

    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019

    Norwelltop

    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019

    Pembroketop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 02/11/2019
    Paper Summary A paper bag that is 100% recyclable and contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content and is provided free of charge to the customer.
    Reusable Definition A bag with stitched on handles that is made solely of or in a combination of natural cloths, synthetic fibers, or other washable material and is specifically designed for multiple reuse. These bags are generally sold to the customer for a reasonable cost.
    Stores Affected Any commercial establishment includes businesses selling food, goods, articles, or personal services to the public.
    Comply Date 08/11/2019
    Ordinance Aricle XXIII
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    Updated April 01, 2019

    Pittsfieldtop

    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019

    Scituatetop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 11/15/2018
    Paper Summary Recyclable and contains at least 40% post?consumer recycled content
    Reusable Definition Reusable Check out bag with stitched handles that is specifically designed for multiple reuse (minimum of 175 times) and that is washable material made of natural fibers such as cotton or linen or made of durable, non toxic plastic other than polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food grade material
    Stores Affected Store means any commercial enterprise selling goods, food or services directly to the public, whether for or not for profit, including, but not limited to, convenience and grocery stores, markets, restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores, take?out food purveyors, and merchandise.
    Comply Date 03/01/2019
    Ordinance 32070
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    Updated April 01, 2019

    Sharontop

    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019

    Stockbridgetop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/29/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick and Specific ID requirements.
    Paper Summary Paper bags with or without handles provided at the checkout stand, cash register, point of sale, or other point of departure for the purpose of transporting food or merchandise from the Establishment and that (1) are one-hundred percent (100%) recyclable, and (2) contain a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled paper content.
    Reusable Definition Reusable Shopping Bags: Sewn bags with stitched handles that (1) are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse; (2) can comfortably carry 25 pounds over a distance of 300 feet; (3) can hold a minimum of 15 liters; (4) can be readily washed or disinfected by hand or machine; and, (5) are made of either (a) natural fibers (such as cotton or linen); or (b) durable, non-toxic plastic other than Polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride that is generally considered a food-grade material and is more than 4 mils thick. The following information must be printed in a visible manner on the outside of the bags or on permanent tags: the name of the manufacturer; the country of manufacture; a true statement that the bag does not contain lead, cadmium, or other heavy metals in toxic amounts; the percent of post-consumer recycled material used in the bag, if any; and a statement recommending regular cleaning or disinfection.
    Stores Affected
    Establishment: Any operation that provides goods - including food and/or beverages - and/or services directly to consumers, with or without charge; sporadic, temporary, part- or full-time; commercial, non-profit, religious, educational, foundation-related, or governmental; whether on private, public, religious, or school property. Examples include, without limitation, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, ...view more stores, restaurants, retail stores, farmers' markets, school or church fund-raising activities, or other events. view less
    Comply Date 01/02/2019
    Ordinance Tri Town Board- Thin Film Plastic Bag Intiative
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    Updated April 01, 2019

    Topsfield top

    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019

    Wrenthamtop

    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019

    Stone Harbortop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 01/01/2019
    Plastic Summary 100% recycled PET Plastic and recyclable
    Paper Summary Paper bags made from a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content
    Reusable Definition Reusable carryout bag means 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. 100% recycled PET Plastic and recyclable c. has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses, which for purposes of this subsection, means the capability of carrying a minimum of 22 pounds 125 times over a distance of at least 175 feet.
    Stores Affected Business establishment or food or grocery establishment
    Comply Date 06/01/2019
    Ordinance 1536
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    Updated April 01, 2019

    Dutchess Countytop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 12/24/2018
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick and Specific ID requirements
    Paper Summary No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and 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 4.0 thick.
    Stores Affected
    "STORE" shall mean an establishment engaged in the retail sale of personal, consumer or household items including but not limited to drug stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, foodmarts, apparel stores, home center and hardware stores, stationery and office supply stores, and food service establishments located within grocery stores, ...view more convenience stores or foodmarts, that provide carryout bags to customers in which to place purchased items. This term does not include food service establishments located outside of grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores or foodmarts. view less
    Comply Date 01/01/2019
    Ordinance #2018-297
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    Updated April 01, 2019

    Newporttop

    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019

    Narragansetttop

    Status Pending
    Updated April 01, 2019

    Snohomishtop

    Status Approved
    Status Date 02/19/2019
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
    Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and 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, Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
    Stores Affected
    Retail establishment means any person, corporation, partnership, business, facility, vendor, organization or individual that sells or provides merchandise, goods, or materials, including, without limitation, clothing, food, or personal items of any kind, directly to a customer: retail establishment includes, by way of example, and not limitation, any grocery store, department ...view more hardware store, pharmacy, liquor store, restaurant, catering truck, convenience store, and any other retail store or vendor, including temporary ones at farmers markets, street fairs, and festivals. view less
    Fees $0.10 fee on large single use paper bags
    Comply Date 01/01/2020
    Ordinance #2360 (Chapter 8.21.010)
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    Updated April 01, 2019

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