Mansfield Plastic Checkout Bag Prohibition Begins on Friday

September 12, 2019 – The Mansfield Town Council’s “Bring Your Own Bag” Ordinance went into effect March 13, 2019. The ordinance provided a six month phase-in which concludes today, September 12, 2019.

In the interim, Connecticut passed Public Act 19-117, which went into effect on
August 1, 2019. This new state law requires retail establishments to charge ten cents per plastic checkout bag provided to customers. It also allows municipalities to enact and enforce their own ordinances concerning single-use plastic checkout bags, provided they are as restrictive or more restrictive as the state legislation.

https://portal.ct.gov/DRS/Legislative-Summaries/2019-Legislative-Updates/Single-Use- Plastic-Bag-Fee

On September 13, 2019, Mansfield businesses will no longer be allowed to issue plastic checkout bags to its customers. This includes grocery stores, department stores, hardware stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, restaurants, catering trucks and convenience stores.  Customers will still have access to produce and product bags, dry cleaner bags and trash bags. Paper checkout bags are still permissible, but some stores may elect to charge for them. The best option is to bring your own bags with you as you shop in town. Residents in need of reusable bags may find them in various town offices – Town Clerk, Human Services, Tax Collector, Public Works and the Nash Zimmer Transportation Center.

For more information, please visit their website at http://www.mansfieldct.gov/1586/Reusable-Bag-Campaign.

Press Contact Information:

Name:            Virginia Walton, Recycling Coordinator

Phone:           860.429.3333

E-Mail:            waltonvd@mansfieldct.org

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