The Energy, Climate Change, and Economic Security Act of 2008 (House Bill 7135) signed into law by former Governor Charlie Crist created Section 403.7033, Florida Statutes. This section required 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 if retail bag regulation is 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.
Senate Bill 830 Status: Died in Environmental Preservation and Conservation
House Bill 661 Status: Died in Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee
Report Development Process
We sought input from all interested parties. We used this webpage 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.
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.
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