Statewide Legislation

Status Pending
Ordinance MDSB576
Notes A hearing has been scheduled for February 26 to discuss S.B. 576, legislation that would impose a nickel fee on both plastic and paper bags offered at retail. The bill has been double referred to the Senate Health, Education and Environmental Affairs Committee, as well as the Senate Finance Committee. The hearing on the 26th will be in the Health, Education and Environmental Affairs Committee
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Updated February 26, 2012


Status Failed, but voluntary recycling program
Notes 2007 proposed a plastic bag ban. Ban did not pass, but a recycling campaign was introduced.
Updated February 16, 2012


Status Pending
Compliance Date 04/01/2015
Notes 11/17/2014 after 3rd reading approved and sent to the Mayors office for approval. Note that ordinance was changes from a 5 cent fee to a full out ban of plastic.
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Updated November 17, 2014


Status Approved
Status Date 03/07/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick or overall size of the bag is 28″ X36″ or larger.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is (1) made of cloth or fabric and /or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 2.25 mil thick.
Stores Affected “Retail Establishment” means any commercial business facility that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer, including, but not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, liquor stores, “mini marts”, and retail stores and vendors selling clothing food and personal items.
Fees None
Compliance Date 01/12/2012
Ordinance 01-2011 Chapter 133
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Updated April 20, 2012

Montgomery County

Status Approved
Stores Affected Retail establishment means any person engaged in the retail sale of goods. Retail Establishment includes any supermarket, convenience store, shop, service station or restaurant and any other sales outlet where a customer can buy goods.
Fees Plastic/Paper Tax: $0.05 per bag.
Compliance Date 01/01/2012
Ordinance 11-Aug
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Updated April 20, 2012