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Mayor Michael O'Connor
Yes, a retail establishment may choose to provide paper bags to customers.
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The City of Frederick’s new Plastic Bag Ordinance or the Reusable Bag Initiative aims to improve the environment of the City and to protect the health and welfare of City residents by reducing the number of single use plastic bags in the stream of commerce, litter, pollution, waste and to encourage the use of reusable bags.
The plastic bag ordinance goes into effect on January 1, 2024.
The plastic bag ordinance applies to all retail establishments within the City of Frederick.
On or after January 1, 2024, affected retail establishments shall not provide plastic carry out bags to customers at the point of sale that are not reusable carry out bags.
Point of sale means the time or place at which a retail transaction is completed, upon pick-up or delivery.
Retail establishments include any store, food service facility and other for-profit or nonprofit establishment that provides bags to customers for the sale of goods, products, services, or a contractor that provide bags to customers upon the sale of a product. This includes:
Plastic bags will not be provided to City residents when they make any purchase from a retailer in the City of Frederick. Residents are encouraged to carry their own reusable bags.
Plastic carryout bags to a customer at the point of sale that are not reusable carryout bags will be prohibited, including provision of compostable plastic carryout bags. Reusable carryout bags may be provided at the point of sale.
Reusable carryout bags are carryout bags with stitched handles that are designed and manufactured for multiple reuses and made of either:
The plastic bag prohibition does not include bags:
No, a retail establishment is not required to provide paper bags or reusable carryout bags to customers. Retail establishments may provide such bags if they choose to do so.
No, if a retail establishment chooses to provide paper bags or reusable carryout
The City is not providing residents with free reusable bags at this time. Residents are encouraged to obtain their own reusable bags.
A retailer may not provide a resident with a plastic bag or charge a fee. A retailer may, however, provide reusable bags for purchase at the point of sale.
Yes. A resident does not violate this ordinance if they carry their own plastic or paper bag for purchases. Residents are however encouraged to carry reusable bags.
Contact the Sustainability Department via email at email@example.com