When stores routinely hand out an unlimited number of single-use disposable bags, we end up creating a lot of unnecessary waste. Moving away from our reliance on single-use disposal shopping bags is a common-sense way to discourage wastefulness and prevent windswept plastic litter. Simply reminding people that it’s a good idea to shop with reusable bags isn’t enough to solve this problem and there are more effective approaches your town can take. Join hundreds of other communities by creating a program that offers an incentive for people to shop with reusable bags.
Below is a full list of Maine towns that have passed bag ordinances.
We will continue to update this list as more towns and municipalities pass new ordinances. If you have information about a Maine town not on this list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Maine Municipality||Basic Ordinance Structure||Date Implemented|
|Portland||Five-cent fee on paper and plastic bags at stores with greater than 2% food sales||April 15, 2015|
|South Portland||Five-cent fee on paper and plastic bags at stores with greater than 2% food sales||March 1, 2016|
|York||Ban on all plastic carryout bags||March 1, 2016|
|Falmouth||Five-cent fee on paper and plastic bags at stores that are 10,000 square feet and larger||April 1, 2016|
|Freeport||Ban on plastic bags and five-cent fee on paper bags at stores with greater than 2% food sales. It does not affect retailers.||September 12, 2016|
|Kennebunk||Ban on all plastic carryout bags||October 14, 2016|
|Topsham||Five-cent fee on paper and plastic bags at stores with greater than 2% of food sales||May 7, 2017|
|Brunswick||Ban on single-use plastic bags||September 1, 2017|
|Saco||Ban on single-use plastic bags||October 1, 2017|
|Cape Elizabeth||Five-cent fee on single-use carryout bags at farm stands and stores where food generates at least 2 percent of overall sales||December 6, 2017|
|Belfast||Ban on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene carryout containers||January 1, 2018|
|Bath||Ban on single-use plastic bags, five-cent fee on paper bags with escalating fee to 15 cents after third year||April 22, 2018|
|Rockland||Ban on single-use plastic bags and foam containers||Takes effect on January 1, 2019|
|Blue Hill||Ban on single-use plastic bags||Effective date TBD, summer 2018|