Standards For Recyclable Paper Carryout Bags
Paper bag that meets all of the following requirements:
- Contains no old growth fiber;
- One hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall and contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) postconsumer recycled material;
- Capable of composting, consistent with the timeline and specifications of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard D6400;
- Accepted for recycling in curbside programs in the City;
- Printed on the bag the name of the manufacturer, the location (country) where the bag was manufactured, and the percentage of postconsumer recycled material used;
- Displays the word "Recyclable" in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag.
Standards For Reusable Bags
A "reusable bag" means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and meets all of the following requirements:
- Minimum lifetime of 125 uses, which means it has the capability of carrying a minimum of 22 pounds 125 times over a distance of at least 175 feet;
- Minimum volume of 15 liters;
- Machine washable or is made from material that can be cleaned or disinfected;
- Does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts;
- Printed on the bag, or on a tag that is permanently affixed to the bag, the name of the manufacturer, the location (country) where the bag was manufactured, a statement that the bag does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts, and the percentage of postconsumer recycled material used, if any; and
- If made of plastic, is a minimum of at least 2.25 mils thick (as long as the minimum lifespan of the bags is 125 uses as noted above).
Are Biodegradable plastic bags allowed?
No. Any bag made predominantly of plastic derived from either petroleum or a biologically-based source, such as corn or other plant sources, including compostable and biodegradable bags which is provided to a customer at the point of sale is prohibited.