Knowledge Base

As a resident, what do I need to know about the plastic bag ban?

  • Where does the fee go?
    • Businesses keep the fee, which allows them to recover costs associated with providing paper bags to customers.
  • How can customers avoid the fee?
    • You can avoid paying the paper bag fee by bringing your own bag to the store or restaurant.
  • Is it safe to use reusable bags?
    • Reusable bags can be used safely with basic cleaning practices. You should launder or wash your reusable bags regularly to keep them clean and prevent germs from accumulating.
  • If I use an EBT card issued under the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or other electronic benefits issued by the Department of Human Services, will I still be charged for paper bags?
  • No. Any business that accepts vouchers or electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards may not collect paper bag fees from anyone using a voucher or EBT card.
Updated 10/13/2023 2:03 PM
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