Details of the Reusable Checkout Bag Ordinance 

which bags can and cannot be sold?

Only reusable bags and/or recyclable paper bags will be given to customers as checkout bags.  Single-use plastic checkout bags would no longer be permitted in business establishments.  Plastic bags found within stores (bags for produce, bulk foods, meat and seafood, flowers and other similar uses), home delivery bags for newspapers, dry cleaning and plastic bags sold in packages (for garbage or pet waste, for example) would be not be affected by the ordinance.  

Checkout bag:  Carryout bag given to customer at the point of sale in business establishments.

Reusable bag: bag that has handles and is created for the purpose of being used multiple times.  It is either made of cloth or other types of fabric. 

Recyclable paper bag: Paper bag is 100% recyclable and contains a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content.  

Single-use plastic checkout bag: Any bag less than 6 mil thick and made predominantly of plastic derived from petroleum or bio-based sources, such as corn or other plant source, and includes compostable, non-compostable, and biodegradable plastic bags. (These are the familiar plastic bags with handles found at most stores)

which businesses will be affected?

Business establishments located in Guilford, CT, including, but not limited to, supermarkets and grocery stores, department stores, clothing stores, convenience stores, drug stores and pharmacies, farmers markets, take out/delivery restaurants, and town events that provide single-use checkout bags.

Fee on paper bags

If a business establishment chooses to provide customers with recyclable paper bags, the consumer must pay a small fee for each paper bag.  The charge must be listed as a single line item on the customer’s receipt and is not taxable to the consumer.

what if a business does not comply?

If a business is persistently out of compliance, then a warning will be issued and eventually a fine will be imposed.