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Bag Specifications

Recycled Paper Bags

Definition
The paper bags your store offers for sale at checkout must meet the following requirements:

  • Paper bags must contain no old growth fibers

  • Bags must be a minimum of 40 percent post-consumer recycled content paper

  • Bags must be 100 percent recyclable and compostable, including the handles

  • Bags must have all the following information printed in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag:
    • The word “recyclable” 
    • Name and country of the manufacturer
    • The percentage of post-consumer recycled content paper

Please see example below:


Compliant Paper Bag Resources:

Reusable Bags

Definition

Reusable bags your store offers for sale at checkout must have handles and be designed and manufactured to:

  • Have a minimum lifetime of 125 uses, which means capable of carrying a minimum of 22 pounds 125 times over a distance of at least 175 feet

  • Hold a minimum volume of 15 liters

  • Be machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected

  • Be at least 2.25 mils thick, if made of plastic

  • Have printed on the bag or on a permanent tag all of the following:

    • Name of the manufacturer
    • Country of manufacture
    • A true statement that the bag does not contain lead, cadmium or other heavy metal in toxic amounts
    • Percent of post-consumer recycled material used in the bag, if any

Please see examples of compliant reusable bag and compliant reusable tag below:  


Compliant Paper Bag Resources

  • If you are a bag vendor with a reusable bag tested for compliance with Ordinance 2012-02 and would like to be added to this database, send an email to bags@stopwaste.org.

Testing Reusable Bags

  • If you are a bag distributor or manufacturer and wish to test and certify that your reusable bag meets Ordinance 2012-2 standards, please refer to these Testing Protocols.

  • If you are a bag vendor with a reusable bag tested for compliance with Ordinance 2012-02 and would like to be added to the list of complaint reusable bags, send an email to bags@stopwaste.org.