What you need to know
Supermarkets and grocery stores
These stores will no longer provide single-use plastic bags or paper bags for your groceries.
Bring your own reusable bags or purchase them at the store. (Stores under 2,500 square feet may still provide paper bags.)
Reusable bags should be made of washable fabric; have stitched handles; be designed and manufactured for multiple reuses. Reusable bags are available at most grocery stores and retailers, as well as through online merchants.
These stores will still be allowed to provide plastic bags to hold loose items such as uncooked meats, fruit, vegetables, flowers, greeting cards, and other loose items.
Every store will have its own rules that comply with the law. For more information, contact the store.
If you have single-use plastic bags at home, you may bring them to use when you shop. It is only the grocery store that is unable to provide single-use plastic or paper bags upon checkout.
Takeout customers should be prepared to be given single-use paper bags as well as some hot food plastic bags that are used to hold items such as soup and chili.
It is recommended that customers bring their own reusable bags in case the restaurant is no longer providing single-use paper bags. You may still receive your food in a paper bag at drive-through restaurants, but plastic bags will no longer be allowed.
You may still get plastic utensils with meal orders as in the past. Sit-down restaurants may provide “doggie bags” made of any material except polystyrene foam.
Retail stores of any size may provide customers with single-use paper bags but may not provide single-use plastic bags.
Pharmacies can provide customers with single-use paper bags and can also use plastic bags to hold prescriptions.
Food Pantries and Food Banks
Food pantries and food banks will have until Nov. 4 to comply with the plastic bag provisions of the law.
The Clean Communities Council will provide them with 500,000 reusable bags for distribution. They may continue to provide paper bags.
What you need to know about polystyrene foam food-service containers
- You will no longer be able to purchase plates, cups, or utensils made from polystyrene foam. You will still be able to purchase plastic utensils and plastic or paper plates and cups.
- For the next two years, certain foam foodservice products will be exempt from the law: Raw and deli-sliced meats, poultry and fish trays, portion cups of two ounces or less, if used for hot foods or foods requiring lids. Food pre-packaged by the manufacturer in a polystyrene foam container also is permitted for sale.
- Polystyrene foam foodservice products such as ice cream cups, coffee cups, and soup containers will be prohibited. Food delivery will no longer be able to be served or delivered in polystyrene (foam). This food may be delivered in other materials such as plastic, paper, or aluminum products.