Minneapolis ordinance requiring 5 cent fees for carryout bags takes effect Jan. 1

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

The Minneapolis ordinance requiring retail establishments to charge a fee of at least 5 cents for carryout bags 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. For the first six months, the City will work on educating with no fines.

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

Find more information on the ordinance here.


Dec. 30, 2019

Published Dec 30, 2019



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