Bill Status of SB1597 100th General Assembly
Short Description: COMPOSTABLE BAGS-RETAIL
Sen. Terry Link
| 3/16/2017||Senate||Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading March 28, 2017|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Compostable Bags in Retail Establishments Act. Provides that no retail establishment in the State shall use or provide polyethylene or other non-compostable plastic film bags tinted green or brown for customers to bag products in stores, as carry out bags, or for home delivery. Provides that any film bags meeting the definition of compostable that retail establishments provide to customers for food or other products, such as vegetables bagged in stores prior to checkout, must be tinted green or brown and shall be clearly labeled "COMPOSTABLE", including language following the Federal Trade Commission's "Green Guides". Provides that no film bag that retail establishments provide to customers to bag products in stores, as carry out bags, or for home delivery may be labeled with the term "biodegradable", "degradable", "decomposable", or any similar terms, or in any way imply that the product will break down, fragment, biodegrade, or decompose in a landfill or other environment. Defines "carry out bag", "compostable", and "retail establishment". Effective January 1, 2018.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
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Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes: Changes references from "carry out bag" to "plastic film bag". Makes changes to the definition of "plastic film bag". Provides that no retail establishment in the State shall use, provide, or sell polyethylene or other non-compostable plastic film bags tinted green (rather than green or brown) to the retail establishment's customers. Makes other changes. Effective January 1, 2018.