Minneapolis City Council passed the Bring your own Bag ordinance on Friday April 1, 2016. The goal of the ordinance is to reduce the litter, waste, environmental impacts and expense of managing carryout bags. Key features of the ordinance include:
Retail establishments may not provide plastic carryout bags to any customer.
Retail establishments providing bags to customers may only use recyclable paper bags, compostable plastic bags or bags designed to be reusable multiple times.
Retail establishments providing bags must charge customers at least 5 cents per bag. (Customers who receive food assistance are exempted from paying for a bag.) Retailers may choose to pay a $0.05 fee to a litter cleanup nonprofit in lieu of charging this fee.