Eliminate Single-use Plastic Carry-out Bags

Last updated: Jun 18, 2019

Details about this bill
Category: Environmental
Status: Passed
Sponsor: Representative Holly Stover, House 89
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 1532

Position:

Support. Maine currently has more than 20 local bag ordinance and many of them differ. Compliance for businesses that operate in more than one location has proven to be a challenge. A statewide regulation will provide consistent application while still providing reasonable exemptions. 

UPDATE 6/17/19: Governor Mills signed the bill into law. It takes effect on Earth Day 2020.

UPDATE 5/31/19: The bill passed the House on its first run through by a 91-52 margin. Roll call here.

UPDATE: The committee voted a majority Ought to Pass as Amended report out of the committee. The amended bill also extends the minimum 5 cent fee to plastic bags at least 4 mils thick.

Summary:

This bill prohibits a retail establishment from using single-use carry-out bags to bag products at the point of sale or otherwise make single-use carry-out bags available to customers, with exemptions for certain types and uses of plastic and paper bags. Retail establishments may provide recyclable paper bags to bag products at the point of sale for at least 5¢ per bag, with exceptions to the fee requirement for certain types of retail establishments. The prohibition is effective April 22, 2020.