Reducing Our Reliance on Single-Use Plastic Bags for a Healthier Planet

July 9, 2019

As part of the act implementing the state’s FY 20-21 budget, the legislature passed a ban on single-use plastic bags that stores provide to consumers beginning July 1, 2021.

From August 1, 2019, until that date, the new law imposes a 10-cent fee, payable to the state, on such bags. Bags used for such things as meat or seafood, loose produce, unwrapped food, newspapers, or laundry or dry cleaning are exempt (HB 7424, § 355, as amended by House “A” and “B,” effective August 1, 2019).