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    Status Failed
    Notes Minimizes the use of plastic bags.
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    Updated May 31, 2017
    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. view less
    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
    Updated April 02, 2018
    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
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    Updated October 31, 2017
    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)
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    Updated August 04, 2017
    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
    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.
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    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. view less
    Fees $0.05 fee on paper single use bags
    Comply Date 09/12/2016
    Ordinance Chapter 55
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    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
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    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. view less
    Comply Date 01/01/2019
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    Updated December 03, 2018
    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. view less
    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
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    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
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    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
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    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. view less
    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
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    Updated October 27, 2015
    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 view less
    Fees $0.05
    Comply Date 05/01/2017
    Ordinance Bill 2016
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    Updated August 04, 2017
    Watervilletop
    Status Pending
    Updated August 30, 2017
    Windhamtop
    Status Pending
    Ordinance 12-076
    Notes 4/2012 Drafting an ordinance to ban or tax grocery bags in 2012.
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    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
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    Updated November 15, 2015
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