Bring Your Own Bag Beverly

On Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, from 11am – 3pm, volunteers from City Hall, the Waste Reduction Committee and the Bring Your Own Bag Committee will be at the 4 major grocery stores in Beverly handing out free reusable shopping bags. Please come by and get your 2 free bags at Stop & Shop (Elliot Street), Stop & Shop (Enon Street), Shaw’s and Henry’s Market.

On Monday, June 18, 2018, the Bring You Own Bag Ordinance was passed by the Beverly City Council with a unanimous vote of 9-0.  On January 1, 2019, the City’s plastic bag ordinance goes into effect. Learn more about what that means for you below.

Plastic Bag Ordinance Basics

THE REGULATION:

  • No retail establishment in the city of Beverly shall provide Single-Use Plastic Checkout Bags to any customer for the purpose of enabling the customer to carry away goods from the point of sale.
  • If a retail establishment provides or offers any checkout bags to customers, such bags shall be either a Recyclable Paper Bag or a Reusable Bag.

WHAT THE ORDINANCE APPLIES TO:

  • Single-Use Plastic Checkout Bags
    • a carryout bag made predominantly of plastic derived from either petroleum, natural gas, or a biologically based source, such as corn or other plant sources, which is provided to a customer at the point of sale and which is 4.0 mils (0.1016 mm) in thickness or less

THE ORDINANCE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • newspaper bags
  • laundry or dry-cleaner bags
  • produce bags
  • bags to contain or wrap frozen foods, meat or fish

TYPES OF BAGS RETAILERS CAN PROVIDE TO CUSTOMERS:

  • Recyclable Paper Bag (examples shown below):
    • 100% recyclable
    • contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled content
    • displays the words “Recyclable” and “made from 40% post-consumer recyclable content” in a visible manner on the outside of the bag

 

  • Reusable Bag:
    • designed and manufactured to use more than once
    • made of either polyester, polypropylene, cotton or durable plastic that is greater than 4.0 mils in thickness

START DATES FOR ENFORCEMENT:

VIOLATIONS:

  • Initial violation:  warning (one time only – 30 days to resolve)
  • Second violation:  $25 fine (each day in violation)
  • Subsequent violations:  no warning, $50 fine (each day in violation)

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