Sadly, the Connecticut General Assembly did not vote on S.B. 349 by the end of the 2015 Session, but stay tuned for an exciting new program WEC will be launching in spring of 2016!
The Connecticut General Assembly is currently considering S.B. 349, An Act Concerning Single-use Carryout Plastic and Paper Bags and the Use of Reusable Bags. The Act proposes a phase-out of both plastic and paper single-use bags at check-out counters. If passed, the bill will institute the following changes:
From October 1, 2015 until October 1, 2017, no store shall provide or sell to any customer at the point of sale a single-use carryout bag at a cost of less than ten cents.
Bag fees collected by stores shall be retained and used by stores for: costs of compliance, costs for providing single-use carryout bags, and costs for employee and customer education for awareness campaigns.
On and after October 1, 2017 until October 1, 2019, no store shall provide or sell customers at the point of sale a single-use carryout bag. Stores, however, may provide a bag that is: 100% recyclable, compostable, recycled or reusable, at a cost of no less than ten cents.
On and after October 1, 2019, no store shall provide or sell customers any bag except reusable bags.
Excluded Bags The bill does not ban the following types of bags:
bags provided by a pharmacy for prescription medication
non-handled bags used to protect a purchased item from damaging or contaminating other purchased items when placed in a 100% recyclable bag, a compostable bag, a recycled bag or a reusable bag
bags provided for unwrapped food items
non-handled bags designed to be placed over: articles of clothing on a hanger or newspapers.