How does this Ordinance Work?

This new Ordinance encourages shoppers and patrons to use reusable bags for their groceries and other purchases.  As part of the Ordinance, alternate bags like paper bags or reusable bags can be provided, but retailers must charge a minimum of $.10 per bag and retain the entirety of the fee to cover costs. Restaurant carry-out bags are included in the Ordinance. There are exemptions to this law, like bulk food, meat, ice, or produce packaging. For a full list of exemptions, please see the next FAQ.

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