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Contact: Sarah McKenzie, 612-673-2786

Ordinance regulating carryout bags will not take effect June 1

City exploring potential amendments

May 31, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) A Minneapolis ordinance regulating carryout bags will not take effect June 1 due to a State action prohibiting cities from imposing any ban on the use of bags.

Enforcement will not begin on the new ordinance while the City explores potential amendments to address the remainder consistent with State law.

Shoppers encouraged to bring own bags

Shoppers are encouraged to use their own bags to reduce the litter, waste, environmental impacts and expense of managing carryout bags.

Carryout bags have significant impacts on the environment and waste stream. Reducing the number of paper and plastic shopping bags can have a positive impact by cutting down on litter, the effects of a material that never breaks down, and the expense of managing bags at recycling facilities.




Published May 31, 2017



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