An Act To Phase Out the Use of Single-use Plastic Shopping Bags
Sec. 1. 38 MRSA §1605, as repealed and replaced by PL 1991, c. 475, §1, is amended to read:
§ 1605. Plastic bags; recycling
A If a retailer may use makes plastic bags available to customers to bag products at the point of within the retail sale only if location, the retailer : must ensure the recycling of used plastic bags in accordance with this section. As used in this section, "plastic bag" and "retailer" have the same meanings as in section 1605-A.
Sec. 2. 38 MRSA §1605-A is enacted to read:
§ 1605-A. Plastic bags; prohibition
This bill prohibits a retailer from using plastic bags to bag products at the point of retail sale or otherwise make plastic bags available to customers, with exceptions for certain types of plastic bags. This prohibition is effective September 1, 2020. A retailer may provide recyclable paper bags to bag products at the point of sale and must provide reusable bags for purchase by a customer. The bill also makes changes to existing law regarding retailer collection and recycling of used plastic bags to ensure consistency with the implementation of the plastic bag prohibition.