Compliant Bag Specifications

Reusable Bags

Definition

The reusable bags that 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

 

Sources for Compliant Reusable Plastic Bags

 


Recycled Content 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 (bottom is okay):
    • The word “recyclable” 
    • Name and country of the manufacturer
    • The percentage of post-consumer recycled content paper

 


 

Testing Reusable Bags

  • If you are a bag distributor or manufacturer and wish to test and certify that your reusable bag meets Ordinance 2016-2 standards, please refer to these Testing Protocols (PDF).
  • If you are a bag vendor with a reusable bag tested for compliance with Ordinance 2016-02 and would like to be added to the list of complaint reusable bags, send an email to bags@stopwaste.org.