Minneapolis passes ordinance to require 5 cent fee for carryout bags

Shoppers bringing their own bags will reduce litter and trash, recycling problems, resource waste

The Minneapolis City Council has passed an ordinance requiring retail establishments to charge a fee of at least 5 cents for carryout bags. The retail establishments will keep the fees. The requirement will go into effect Jan. 1.

The goals of this requirement are to:

Exemptions include bags used for produce, bulk foods, small items, carryout restaurants, farmers markets, food banks, retail establishments that do not possess a cash register; secondhand bags, bags sold in packages, dry cleaning bags, bags given out with no transaction; bags given at hospitals, car dealerships and car washes; and bags used for litter cleanup.

People can call 311 about retailers who aren’t complying with the ordinance after Jan. 1.

This ordinance came through extensive outreach with businesses and business groups.

The City will do extensive outreach with businesses and work on educating with no fines for the first six months.

Find more information on the ordinance here.

 

Nov. 22, 2019

Published Nov 22, 2019

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