Why Restrict Single-Use Plastic Bags?

Single-use plastic bags make up a portion of local litter as many bags end up in our trees, streets, parks, and waterways, blocking storm drains and polluting our environment. Unfortunately, according to the EPA, only about 3% of single-use plastic bags are recycled nationwide. Further, single-use plastic bags are not accepted in the City’s recycling program due to Prince George’s County restrictions from their Single-Stream Recycling Program and Materials Recycling Facility which receives all the City’s recyclable materials. By banning the use of single-use plastic bags, the Better Bag Ordinance helps the City meet its sustainability goals laid out in the 2021-2025 Strategic Plan for a more sustainable College Park.

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1. What is the objective of the Better Bag Ordinance?
2. When does this Ordinance go into effect?
3. Why Restrict Single-Use Plastic Bags?
4. Why charge for Paper Bags?
5. Will the City Distribute Free Re-Usable Bags?
6. Is this a Tax?
7. How does this Ordinance Work?
8. Are there any Exemptions?
9. Are Restaurant Carry-Out bags included in the Ordinance?
10. How will the Ordinance be enforced?
11. I'm a business owner and need help!
12. What qualifies as a “Reusable Bag”?