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A. No retail establishment in the City shall provide a carryout bag to a customer unless otherwise permitted pursuant to this chapter.

B. No retail establishment shall distribute a carryout bag at any City facility, City-managed concession, City-sponsored event, or City-permitted event unless otherwise permitted pursuant to this chapter.

C. Retail establishments in the City may, subject to this ordinance, provide to a customer at the point-of-sale a reusable carryout bag or a recycled paper carryout bag.

D. No retail establishment in the City shall provide a paper carryout bag with a manufacturer’s stated capacity of one-eighth (1/8) barrel (eight hundred eighty-two (882) cubic inches) or larger that is not a recycled paper carryout bag.

E. A retail establishment may make reusable carryout bags available to customers through sale.

F. No retail establishment in the City shall use or provide polyethylene or other noncompostable plastic film bags tinted green or brown for customers to bag products in stores, as carryout bags, or for home delivery.

G. Any film bags meeting the definition of compostable that retail establishments provide to customers for food or other products, such as vegetables bagged in stores prior to checkout, must be tinted green or brown and shall be clearly labeled “COMPOSTABLE,” including language following the Federal Trade Commission’s “Green Guides.”

H. No film bag that retail establishments provide to customers to bag products in stores, as carryout bags, or for home delivery may be labeled with the term “biodegradable,” “degradable,” “decomposable,” or any similar terms, or in any way imply that the product will break down, fragment, biodegrade, or decompose in a landfill or other environment.

I. Each retail establishment that provides a customer with a paper recyclable carryout bag shall collect a pass-through charge of not less than ten cents ($0.10) for each recyclable paper carryout bag provided. (Ord. 2360, 2019)

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