The City will begin distributing FREE reusable shopping bags (while supplies last) to City residents in August 2023.

Details about distribution and how to request a bag will be available on our website later in July at www.collegeparkmd.gov/BetterBag.

If you haven’t heard already, the Better Bag Ordinance will become effective on September 1, 2023. This new ordinance aims to reduce single-use plastic bag waste and litter in our local waterways and tributary system by restricting the use of non-reusable plastic bags given or received at the point of purchase by City retailers and restaurants.

This new Ordinance encourages shoppers and patrons to use reusable bags for their groceries and other purchases. As part of the Ordinance, alternative bags like paper bags or reusable bags can be provided, but retailers must charge a minimum of $.10 per bag and may retain the entirety of the fee to cover costs. Restaurant carry-out bags are included in the Ordinance.

What are the exemptions to this law?

The Ordinance doesn’t apply to the following:

Loose produce or bulk item bags (fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, candy, or small hardware items)
Bags to wrap fresh meat or seafood
Bags used to contain or wrap flowers, potted plants, or other damp items
Bags used to contain unwrapped prepared foods or bakery goods
Laundry/dry cleaning bags
Bags for live fish, insects, mollusks, or crustaceans