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Whoops! I Forgot My Bag!

Whoops! I Forgot My Bag! | Newtown News of Interest |

Recall that #NewtownPA's plastic bag ban recently went into effect. Unless a temporary exemption is granted, retail stores must stop supplying customers with non-recyclabe plastic bags and offer paper bags instead for which they can charge a fee of up to 10 cents per bag.


This past Monday I stopped by McCaffrey's in #NewtownPA and had a paper bag issue. As I explained on FB:


"I got this recyclable paper bag from McCaffery's yesterday for 10 cents. Wanting to save 10 cents, I put all my 3 small items in the bag - including a cardboard container in the bottom containing Swedish meatballs and gravy. Unfortunately, the gravy leaked through the cardboard box AND the bag. Next time I am going to have go to the produce department and put the hot food box in a plastic bag, which are still available!"


Now, I know you are going to tell me to have bags in my car and me of all people should know that.



johnmacknewtown's insight:
From the ordinance FAQs:
What type of bags will businesses be able to provide to shoppers?
  • Paper bags that are labeled 100% recyclable, contain no old growth fiber, contain a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content and have visible labeling according to the Ordinance.


The McCaffrey's paper bags meet these requirements.

Will Retail Establishments be able to charge a fee for their bags?

  • Retail Establishments may provide recyclable paper bags at the point of sale for a fee of not less than $0.10 per bag.
  • All monies collected for the paper bag shall be retained by the Retail Establishment and the charge shall be identified on the receipt.
  • The purpose of the fee for paper bags is twofold. First, it supports businesses by offsetting the added cost of paper bags. Second, it encourages consumers to bring their own bag, which is one of the goals of the Ordinance.
  • The Retail Establishment may set their own charge for their reusable bags.
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