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Status
Pending
Ordinance
HP115
Notes
5/29/2019 passed the House- moving on to the Senate
Updated
June 11, 2019

Statewide Legislationtop

Status
Approved
Status Date
06/17/2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 4.0 mil
Paper Summary
“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
04/22/2020
Ordinance
LD 1532 (Chapter 346)
More Information
Updated
July 10, 2019

Bar Harbortop

Status
Approved
Status Date
01/15/2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 4.0 mil
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
02/14/2019
Ordinance
2019-01 (Chapeter 94)
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Updated
July 10, 2019

Bathtop

Status
Approved
Status Date
11/08/2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 2.25 mils
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.

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Fees
Bag Charge: April 22, 2018 – $0.05 per bag, April 22, 2019 – $.0.10 per bag, April 22, 2020 – $.0.1
Comply Date
04/22/2018
Ordinance
Chapter 13, Article 5
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Updated
July 10, 2019

Belfasttop

Status
Approved
Plastic Summary
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
20/01/01
More Information
Updated
July 10, 2019

Blue Hilltop

Status
Approved
Status Date
04/07/2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 4.0 mil
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
07/01/2018
More Information
Updated
July 10, 2019

Brunswicktop

Status
Approved
Status Date
03/01/2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 4.0 mil
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
09/01/2017
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)
More Information
Updated
July 10, 2019

Camdentop

Status
Approved
Status Date
11/16/2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 4.0 mil
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
04/03/2019
Ordinance
Chapter VI-22 (page 51)
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Updated
January 02, 2019

Cape Elizabethtop

Status
Approved
Status Date
11/06/2017
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 2.25 mils
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
12/06/2017
Ordinance
Chapter 11, Article IV
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Updated
April 02, 2018

Damariscottatop

Status
Approved
Status Date
11/07/2019
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 4.0 mil
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
03/01/2019
Ordinance
Chapter 2013
More Information
Updated
February 05, 2019

Falmouthtop

Status
Approved
Status Date
01/01/2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements: at least 4 mil thick and meet reuseable standards
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
04/01/2016
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.
More Information
Updated
January 15, 2016

Freeporttop

Status
Approved
Status Date
06/14/2016
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.

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Fees
$0.05 fee on paper single use bags
Comply Date
09/12/2016
Ordinance
Chapter 55
More Information
Updated
June 30, 2016

Kennebunktop

Status
Approved
Status Date
06/17/2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 3.0 thick
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
10/15/2016
More Information
Updated
June 30, 2016

Manchestertop

Status
Approved
Status Date
06/14/2018
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.

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Comply Date
01/01/2019
More Information
Updated
December 03, 2018

New Castletop

Status
Approved
Status Date
11/07/2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 4.0 mil
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
03/01/2019
More Information
Updated
February 05, 2019

Portlandtop

Status
Approved
Status Date
06/16/2014
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 2.25 thick and 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.

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Fees
$0.05 fee on both plastic and paper single use bags only that do not meet the definition of a reusab
Comply Date
04/15/2015
Ordinance
260-13/14
More Information
Updated
July 25, 2014

Rocklandtop

Status
Approved
Status Date
03/13/2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 4.0 mil
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
01/01/2019
Ordinance
Amendment #6 to Bill Chapter 14, Article 1, section 14-106
More Information
Updated
December 07, 2018

Sacotop

Status
Approved
Status Date
04/03/2017
Plastic Summary
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
10/01/2017
Ordinance
Chapter 171
More Information
Updated
August 04, 2017

South Portlandtop

Status
Approved
Status Date
09/21/2015
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 2.25 thick and 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.

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Fees
$0.05 fee on both plastic and paper single use bags only that do not meet the definition of a reusab
Comply Date
03/01/2016
Ordinance
3-15/16 also included in the City Code under Chapter 9, Article VI
More Information
Updated
October 27, 2015

South West Harbortop

Status
Approved
Status Date
11/13/2018
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 4.0 mil
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
02/22/2019
Ordinance
Single Use Carryout Bag ordinance
More Information
Updated
January 02, 2019

Topshamtop

Status
Approved
Status Date
11/08/2016
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 4.0 mil
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

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Fees
$0.05
Comply Date
05/01/2017
Ordinance
Bill 2016
More Information
Updated
August 04, 2017

Watervilletop

Status
Pending
Updated
January 02, 2019

Windhamtop

Status
Pending
Ordinance
12-076
Notes
4/2012 Drafting an ordinance to ban or tax grocery bags in 2012.
More Information
Updated
April 22, 2012

Yorktop

Status
Approved
Status Date
11/07/2015
Plastic Summary
Requirements: 3.0 thick and 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
03/07/2016
Ordinance
Article 7
More Information
Updated
November 15, 2015

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