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    Status Inactive
    Ordinance HB 2416
    Notes HB 2416: Allows businesses to provide bags made from any material to customers at checkout. Prohibits and supercedes local government bag bans.
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    Updated November 24, 2015
    Austintop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 04/12/2012
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick and recyclable.
    Paper Summary Requirements: must contain a minimum of 40% recycled content beginning March 1, 2013, and contain a minimum 80% recycled content by March 1, 2014.
    Reusable Definition A bag specifically designed and manufactured for multiple use, (a) requires labeling (b) has a handle (3) constructed of cloth or other washable fabric or approved plastic resins. Durable material whether woven or non woven, recyclable plastic with a minimum thickness of 4.0 mil and containing only
    Stores Affected "Business establishment" means any commercial enterprise that provides carry out bags to its customers, including sole proprietorship, joint venture, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit, and includes all employees of the business or any independent contractors associated with the business.
    Fees None
    Comply Date 03/01/2013
    Ordinance 20120301-078 Chapter 15-6
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    Updated February 26, 2013
    Brownsvilletop
    Status Rescinded
    Updated July 31, 2018
    Corpus Christietop
    Status Pending
    Notes 7/29/2013 Meeting scheduled for 7/30/2013 to begin discussion and present ordinance request for bag ban. 06/23/2012 - reviewing ban. Meeting scheduled for late May 2012
    Updated July 29, 2013
    Dallastop
    Status Failed
    Status Date 03/25/2014
    Fees $0.05 environmental fee on plastic and paper
    Comply Date 01/01/2015
    Ordinance 29307
    Notes 06/04/2015: The Dallas City Council voted to repeal the city ordinance regulating carryout bags. The amendment banning plastic bags and exempting paper bags was voted down 9-6 by the Council before a motion to repeal the carryout bag ordinance was introduced. That motion for repeal passed 10-4. Beginning Monday June 8, 2015, carryout bags will be free in Dallas. 03/26/2014 This is not a ban, but they have instituted an environmental fee on paper and plastic bags. 7/2/2013 Dallas council on summer break, will resume talks in August. 5/23/2013 A draft proposal modeled after Austin bag ordinance is being distributed for review. Under review- no action at this time, no documentation or ordinance drafted.
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    Updated June 04, 2015
    El Pasotop
    Status Pending
    Notes HB1877 tax on plastic (2011)
    Updated April 22, 2012
    Fort Stocktontop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 08/24/2012
    Plastic Summary Requirements: Durable material
    Paper Summary Requirement: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
    Reusable Definition A bag that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable material specifically designed for reuse.
    Stores Affected "Business" means any commercial enterprise or establishment, including sole proprietorship, joint venture, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit, and includes all employees of the business or any independent contractors associated with the business.
    Fees None
    Comply Date 09/01/2011
    Ordinance 11-117 Chapter 12
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    Updated April 20, 2012
    Houstontop
    Status Pending
    Notes The Mayor has brought up initial discussion, no ordinance is proposed at this time. See page 24 of document.
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    Updated July 10, 2012
    Issaquahtop
    Status Pending
    Notes Reviewing ordinance in May 2012
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    Updated April 22, 2012
    Kermittop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 10/01/2013
    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 designed 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 2.25 thick.
    Stores Affected
    Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the City: (1) A full-line, self-service retail store with gross annual sales of one million dollars ($1,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or nonfood items and some perishable items; (2) A store of at ...view more 10,000 square feet of retail space that generates sales or use tax pursuant to the Texas Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law. ; or (3) A drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or other entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited ine of goods that includes milk, bread, soda, and snack foods, including those stores with a license issued by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. view less
    Comply Date 10/01/2013
    Ordinance 13-05
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    Updated October 22, 2013
    Laguna Vistatop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 09/11/2012
    Plastic Summary Requirements: Durable material
    Paper Summary Requirements: No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
    Reusable Definition A bag that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable material specifically designed for reuse.
    Stores Affected
    Affected retail establishments means any retail business establishment, temporary vendor or restaurant, located within the corporate limits of the Town of Laguna Vista. "Business establishment" means any commercial enterprise, including sole proprietorship, joint venture, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit, and includes all ...view more of the business or any independent contractors associated with the business. view less
    Fees None
    Comply Date 01/01/2013
    Ordinance 2012-23
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    Updated October 10, 2012
    Laredotop
    Status Rescinded
    Updated July 31, 2018
    Midlandtop
    Status Pending
    Notes 2012 reviewing ban/tax
    Updated April 22, 2012
    Odessatop
    Status Pending
    Notes 2012 reviewing ban/tax
    Updated April 22, 2012
    Port Aransastop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 12/18/2014
    Paper Summary Recyclable Paper Bag means a paper carryout bag provided by a retail establishment to a customer at the point of sale for purposes of transporting groceries or other goods and meets all of the following requirements: 1. contains no old growth fiber; 2. is 100% recyclable; 3. contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content; and 4. displays the words "Reusable" and "Recyclable" in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag.
    Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of cloth or other fabric, or other durable material suitable for reuse, and has durable built-in handles or draw-strings.
    Stores Affected Business establishment means a commercial enterprise or establishment, including sole proprietorships, joint ventures, partnerships, corporations, or any other legal entity including contractors associated with the business.
    Comply Date 01/01/2016
    Ordinance 2014-15
    Updated December 01, 2015
    Sunset Valleytop
    Status Approved
    Status Date 02/19/2013
    Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick and recyclable.
    Paper Summary Requirements: Recyclable Paper.
    Reusable Definition A bag specifically designed and manufactured for multiple use, (a) requires labeling (b) has a handle (3) constructed of cloth or other washable fabric or approved plastic resins. Durable material whether woven or non woven, recyclable plastic with a minimum thickness of 4.0 mil and containing only.
    Stores Affected "Business establishment" means any commercial enterprise that provides carry out bags to its customers, including sole proprietorship, joint venture, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit, and includes all employees of the business or any independent contractors associated with the business.
    Fees None
    Comply Date 09/01/2013
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    Updated May 01, 2013
    Wacotop
    Status Pending
    Updated September 15, 2015
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