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Retail Bags, Wrappings, and Containers Report

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 Statute (F.S.). This section required the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) 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. FDEP's Retail Bags Report was submitted to the Governor, Senate President and House Speaker on February 1, 2010.

Committee Substitute/Senate Bill 694 passed during the 2021 Legislative Session and was signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis.  This bill amends 403.7033 F.S., requiring FDEP to review and update the Retail Bags Report.  It specifically asks FDEP to review and update the 2010 report analyzing the need for new or different regulation of auxiliary containers, wrappings, or disposable plastic bags used by consumers to carry products from retail establishments.  The report, including recommendations, is due to the Legislature no later than December 31, 2021. 

Until such time 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.

Survey Link

The University of Florida (UF) is conducting an online survey on behalf of FDEP to learn more about the use of disposable plastic bags, auxiliary materials and wrappings (UF IRB Protocol Number IRB202101831) by Florida residents. The study principal investigator is Dr. Tim Townsend from UF and the Sustainable Materials Management Research Laboratory. The survey will be administered online using Qualtrics from mid-September until October 31. If you are able to participate, please visit the link below.

Report Development Process

FDEP has contracted with the University of Florida to update the 2010 Retail Bags Report; including conducting research, developing and administering a survey to gather information and input on retail bags/auxiliary containers and wrappings.  A web-based forum will be established to collect survey information.  The updated report will include the following tasks:

  1. Compile Local, State, National, and International Existing Regulations on Plastic Bags, Auxiliary Containers and Wrappings
  2. Identify Existing Recycling and Reuse Efforts
  3. Collect Data from Florida Retailers on their Use, Collection, and Disposal Practices of Plastic Bags/Auxiliary Materials
  4. Conduct Surveys to Various Florida Stakeholders to Understand Plastic Bags, Auxiliary Containers and Wrappings Consumption and Disposal Practices
  5. Identify Alternative Bags and Compare their Environmental Benefit to Plastic Bags
  6. Estimate the Mass Presence of Plastic Bags, Auxiliary Containers and Wrappings in Florida’s Waste Stream that Enters the Ocean & Summarize Environmental and Wildlife Impacts of Ocean and Land Plastic Litter
  7. Provide Recommendations on Necessity of Regulation and Options for Regulatory and Non-Regulatory Management of Plastic Bags, Auxiliary Containers and Wrappings

Recent Legislation

Past Legislation

     Status: Died in Environmental Preservation and Conservation Subcommittee

     Status: Died in Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee

Resources

  • Retail Bags Report  - 2010 report analyzing the need for new or different regulation of auxiliary containers, wrappings, or disposable plastic bags used by consumers to carry products from retail establishments
  • State Statute 403.7033 - Section requiring FDEP to perform an analysis and update the 2010 report 
  • DEP Main Recycling Page - FDEP Main Page for Recycling and Waste Reduction
  • WRAP Website - FDEP partner site offering locator for retail plastic film take-back program
  • Skip The Straw - FDEP Campaign to reduce impact of single use straws
  • Rethink. Reset. Recycle. - FDEP campaign to reduce recycling contamination in Florida

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Karen Moore

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September 20, 2021 - 2:41pm

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