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§23-18.11-1  Paper Bag Incentive. –

Published: 2015

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CHAPTER 23-18.11

Promotion of Paper Bag Usage

SECTION 23-18.11-1

   § 23-18.11-1  Paper bag incentive. –

(a) The general assembly finds that discarded packaging constitutes a

significant category of waste within the state's waste system and is,

therefore, a necessary focus of any effort to preserve the capacity of the

central landfill, as well as to reduce economic and environmental costs of

waste management for the citizens of this state.

   (b) In furtherance of state source reduction and recycling

policies, it is the intent of this legislation to promote the use of paper bags

as a preferred alternative to plastic bags. Paper bags are frequently made from

recycled paper fiber, are recyclable and degradable, and minimize the use of

non-renewable resources, including natural gas and petroleum.

   (c) The general assembly has determined that certain retail

establishments within the state are points of origin for a substantial volume

of plastic bags and, therefore, are particularly susceptible to actions which

have significant potential for simplifying the chemical composition of this

portion of the state's waste stream, thereby improving solid waste management

within this state.

History of Section.

(P.L. 1988, ch. 424, § 1.)