New Charleston Single-Use Plastic Requirements, Effective January 1, 2020
Beginning January 1, 2020, operations throughout Charleston will be required to eliminate use of single-use plastic carryout and merchandise bags, as well as certain plastic carryout and food packaging items.
“Single-use plastic carryout bags” may not be provided to customers
“Disposable food service ware / to go packaging / food packaging materials” (clamshells, bowls, plates, cups, straws, stirrers, etc.)
that contains polystyrene/plastic foam (sometimes called Styrofoam™) may not be provided to customers
shall be recyclable or compostable
“Polystyrene/plastic foam products” (foam coolers, cups, plates, packing peanuts, etc.) may not be sold, rented or supplied to customers
There are specialty items that are not restricted or are exempt from restrictions. Please see the ordinance dated 9/24/19 and flyer for more information.
To offer time for establishments to utilize current inventory and plan for future compliance, a 13 month grace period was built in so the ordinance will take effect on January 1, 2020.
Business establishments within the City limits are strongly encouraged to provide prominently displayed signage advising customers of the benefit of reducing, reusing and recycling and promoting the use of reusable carryout bags by customers.
FREE SIGNAGE COMING SOON!
Our Plastic Transition Program includes the design and purchase of signage free of charge (grant funded) for businesses and organizations to utilize to help support community-wide behavioral change!
In Charleston, our environment is essential to our economy. This ordinance is designed to protect the engine of our economy and livability of our City so businesses, particularly those influenced by tourism, and residents can continue to enjoy what the beauty and bounty of Charleston's waterways offer for generations to come.
We are thankful so many citizens, businesses and organizations have been engaged over the past few years and have contributed ideas and feedback to the discussion about regulating plastics.