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17.103.210 Definitions for Prohibition on Single-Use Plastic Checkout Bags.

(Replaced by Ordinance No. 189797, effective December 18, 2019.)

A.  “Garment bag” means a large bag that incorporates a hanger on which garments may be hung to prevent wrinkling during travel or storage.

B.  “Recycled paper checkout bag” means a paper bag that contains at least 40 percent post-consumer recycled fiber.

C.  “Restaurant” means an establishment where the primary business is the preparation of food or drink:

1.  For consumption by the public;

2.  In a form or quantity that is consumable then and there, whether or not it is consumed within the confines of the place where prepared; or

3.  In consumable form for consumption outside the place where prepared.

D.  “Retail establishment” means a store that sells or offers for sale goods at retail and that is not a restaurant.

E.  “Reusable fabric checkout bag” means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of cloth or other machine-washable fabric.

F.  “Reusable plastic checkout bag” means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of durable plastic that is at least four mils thick.

G.  “Single-use checkout bag”:

1.  means a bag made of paper, plastic or any other material that is provided by a retail establishment to a customer at the time of checkout, and that is not a recycled paper checkout bag, a reusable fabric checkout bag or a reusable plastic checkout bag.

2.  does not mean:

a.  A bag that is provided by a retail establishment to a customer at a time other than the time of checkout, including but not limited to bags provided to:

(1)  Package bulk items such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, greeting cards or small hardware items, including nails, bolts or screws;

(2)  Contain or wrap frozen food, meat, fish, flowers, a potted plant or another item for the purpose of addressing dampness or sanitation;

(3)  Contain unwrapped prepared food or a bakery good; or

(4)  Contain a prescription drug;

b.  A newspaper bag, door hanger bag, garment bag, laundry bag or dry cleaning bag; or

c.  A bag sold in a package containing multiple bags for uses such as food storage, garbage containment or pet waste collection.