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Consumer Bag Legislation

​​This compliance matrix provides an overview of consumer bag legislation across the United States by state and/or municipality, as applicable, for both paper and plastic bags.

Unless otherwise noted, all ordinances and regulations have been directly verified with the applicable regulatory authority. Cities marked with an asterisk have an ordinance in place that regulates the use of consumer bags, but where we were unable to confirm directly with a regulatory official that the regulation is in effect. If a state is not listed, no bag legislation has been established in that jurisdiction.

The overview provided in this table is for informational purposes only. Because of the summary nature of the table, it cannot capture all the nuances of the relevant regulations. It may therefore be important to consult the regulations directly and/or to seek legal advice on particular issues as they may arise. While we have tried to be as comprehensive as possible, because of the large number of local jurisdictions, some have been omitted due to their relative size.

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Gray: No legislation at any level within the state

Orange: State ban on local bag legislation

Blue: Some cities and/or counties within the state have legislation

Green: Statewide and local legislation

We are currently changing website platforms, and are not updating the below matrix. For a summary of bag ban legislation through July 2019, please follow the link below.

Link TO Consumer Bag Legislation Summary Document