Are there any exemptions or products not restricted to begin with?

Yes.  The following specialty items are not restricted or are exempt from restrictions —

  • Bags for bulk grocery items
  • Bags for raw, frozen or prepared foods
  • Bread bags
  • Condiment packages
  • Cutlery
  • Deli bags
  • Dry cleaning bags/ garment bags
  • Egg cartons
  • Floral/plant wrapping
  • Garbage bags
  • Meat trays
  • Newspaper bags
  • Pet waste bags
  • Plastic drink or soup container lids
  • Produce bags
  • Straws for use by customers with disabilities

For a complete list, please see the full ordinance.

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1. What if an establishment is not following the new rules? How should I report a violator?
2. When did the ordinance go into effect?
3. Who needs to comply with the ordinance?
4. Do these regulations apply to vendors, food trucks, farmers markets, festivals, weddings, etc.?
5. What is the purpose of the Environmentally Acceptable Packaging/ Products ordinance?
6. Where can I find a copy of the full ordinance?
7. What products does the ordinance apply to?
8. Are there any exemptions or products not restricted to begin with?
9. What if I have questions or need additional information?
10. Who do I ask to find out if a particular product I use is recyclable and therefore compliant?
11. What are the types of products that are allowed for use under the ordinance?
12. What type of bag is considered reusable?
13. What is the most environmentally sensitive choice I can make as a business owner or consumer?
14. What should retailers do if they have large stocks of plastic bags that last beyond the January 1, 2020 effective date?
15. I think I have a hardship in complying with this ordinance. What should I do?
16. Is every type of plastic bag prohibited?
17. How do I know if a particular product I use is compostable and therefore compliant?
18. As a customer, can I bring my own single-use plastic carryout bags to the store?
19. Do I have to charge my customers for paper bags?
20. Is there a requirement for recycled content in paper bags?
21. How will this be enforced?
22. Is the City of Charleston coordinating with other local jurisdictions on this?