Why did the city ban single use plastic carryout bags?
Lightweight plastic carryout bags are commonly found in litter and escape into our waterways where they remain as a pollutant forever. Fish and other marine animals commonly mistake pieces of plastic and bags for food. When plastics break down into smaller and smaller pieces, those microscopic particles may also be consumed by small animals in the oceans and enter the food chain. Because of plastic’s persistence in the environment, the city believes the use of throw-away plastic products should be minimized. Paper, of course, is organic and does not present similar problems. But reducing waste means cutting down on the use of paper bags, too. That’s why the city urges all retailers to encourage their customers to shop with reusable bags.

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1. Why did the city ban single use plastic carryout bags?
2. What plastic bags are prohibited?
3. What stores does this apply to?
4. Are there any exceptions?
5. What about food vending trucks, farmers’ markets, street fairs, festivals, and events?
6. Is there a fee for all paper bags?
7. Can retailers just “eat the cost” of large paper bags and not charge their customers?
8. Are there any restrictions on stores, restaurants, or bakeries choosing to charge a fee on all bags?
9. What about smaller paper bags?
10. What about low-income customers?
11. Do stores have to keep track of how many paper bags they sell?
12. Is this transaction taxable?
13. What is the minimum recycled content requirement?
14. For those labels, are there any requirements for ink color or type size?
15. Does the 40% recycled content have to be post-consumer or can it be industrial?
16. Does the 40% recycled content rule apply to all paper bags?
17. Why did the City ban lightweight plastic carryout bags but allow heavy-weight, thicker ones?
18. Are stores required to charge 5 cents for the heavy-weight plastic bags?
19. What about hanging-garment bags?
20. Is there a requirement for the heavy duty plastic bags to have recycled content?
21. If restaurants are selling items other than prepared foods are the bags they use still exempt?
22. Are grocers’ deli counters exempt like restaurants with to-go food?
23. What about bakery goods?
24. How can I tell the city about stores using plastic bags after Nov. 1?
25. How will this be enforced?