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The Energy, Climate Change, and Economic Security Act of 2008 (House Bill 7135) signed into law by former Governor Crist created Section 403.7033, Florida Statutes. This section required the DEP to perform an analysis and submit a report to the Legislature regarding the necessity and efficacy of both statewide and local regulation of bags used by consumers to carry products from retail establishments. DEP's Retail Bags Report was submitted to the Governor, Senate President and House Speaker on February 1, 2010.

Until such time that the Legislature adopts the recommendations of the department, no local government, local governmental agency, or state government agency may enact any rule, regulation, or ordinance regarding use, disposition, sale, prohibition, restriction, or tax of such auxiliary containers, wrappings, or disposable plastic bags.

DEP’s Retail Bags Report focused on the following:

Is retail bag regulation necessary? To determine this, we examined data about:

• The amount of retail bags generated, recycled, and disposed

• The role retail bags play in Florida's litter

• The effect retail bags have on wildlife and environment

Life cycle studies which compare various retail bag alternatives

Retail sector response to environmental issues connected with the use of bags

We sought input from all interested parties. We used this web page as a key component in sharing information and soliciting feedback from various stakeholders. Please see the below links to relevant information and resources from both inside and outside of DEP.

leaf bullet DEP's Retail Bags Report 2010

leaf bullet Public meetings:  Information about all public meetings we held regarding the retail bag analysis and report.

leaf bullet Public forum:  Web-based forum that was used to allow participants to share their thoughts, suggestions and comments. The link opens an archived version of the forum for viewing purposes only.

leaf bullet Florida Statute 403.7033:  Entire text of the statute.

leaf bullet DEP recycling main page:  Links to recycling data sources and programs.

Resources for information about retail bag policies: The following websites provide updated summaries and maps of proposed and enacted retail bag policies. This listing implies neither implicit nor explicit endorsement by DEP of either the organizations or their policies.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at shannan.reynolds@dep.state.fl.us.


Last updated: June 16, 2015

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Question or Comments?  Email: Johanna.Poston@dep.state.fl.us.