Released on September 23, 2021 - 3:46pm

On June 28, 2021, Mayor Craig A. Moe and the Laurel City Council passed Ordinance No. 1977, prohibiting disposable single-use plastic bags from being provided in retail establishments at the point of sale. This Ordinance will go into effect on January 1, 2022.

This will help the City of Laurel to continue to make great strides in becoming a sustainable, greener community.

As a reminder, these single use plastic bags are NOT accepted in household recycling and are NOT biodegradable.

They severely impact the environment on a local and global scale, as they are often found in oceans, rivers, roadways and cause harm to birds, fish and other wildlife.

The City will highlight businesses as part of our Maryland Green Registry, recognizing them for their commitment and efforts in becoming a “Green” business.

The City will also provide resources regarding information on purchasing reusable, biodegradable and compostable bags, as well as assist each business in educating employees and customers regarding this new legislation.

This is a big undertaking and the City of Laurel is the first in Prince George’s County to prohibit disposable single-use bags at the retail level. Each businesses’ support and compliance will make for a smoother transition and a successful program.

If you have any questions, please contact T’amani Ramseur, Code Enforcement Inspector in the Department of Fire Marshal and Permit Services, at 301-725-5300 ext. 2249 or via email at [email protected].

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