Are retailers required to provide reusable bags or a recyclable paper bags at checkout?
No. Retailers may choose to provide either, both or neither. All paper bags provided at the point of sale must be made of 40 percent recycled content and be 100 percent recyclable, and must be capable of composting consistent with the timeline and specifications of the ASTM Standard. In addition all retail establishments must charge a minimum of five cents for each paper bag provided at the point of sale.

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1. Why did the City of Silverton enact the plastic bag ordinance?
2. What businesses does this apply to?
3. Does the ordinance apply to farmers’ markets, street fairs, festivals and other events?
4. What plastic bags are prohibited?
5. What is a mil?
6. What types of plastic bags are allowed?
7. When are retailers required to stop providing plastic carryout bags?
8. Are retailers required to provide reusable bags or a recyclable paper bags at checkout?
9. Are any customers exempt from the five cent charge on paper bags?
10. Who can I contact if I have a question or an issue about this ordinance?