Who needs to comply with the ordinance?

The ordinance applies to all organizations and businesses within the City of Charleston, including any City of Charleston facility or property, City sponsored event, or other event (public or private) within City limits.  

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Concession and event vendors
  • Farmers markets/stands
  • Food trucks
  • Grocery stores
  • Liquor stores
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Retail stores
  • Takeout stands
  • Schools
  • Government
  • Non-profit organizations

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1. Who needs to comply with the ordinance?
2. Do these regulations apply to vendors, food trucks, farmers markets, festivals, weddings, etc.?
3. When will the ordinance go into effect?
4. What is the purpose of the Environmentally Acceptable Packaging/ Products ordinance?
5. Where can I find a copy of the full ordinance?
6. What products does the ordinance apply to?
7. Are there any exemptions or products not restricted to begin with?
8. What if I have questions or need additional information?
9. What are the types of products that are allowed for use under the ordinance?
10. What type of bag is considered reusable?
11. What is the most environmentally sensitive choice I can make as a business owner or consumer?
12. What should retailers do if they have large stocks of plastic bags that last beyond the January 1, 2020 effective date?
13. I think I have a hardship in complying with this ordinance. What should I do?
14. Is every type of plastic bag prohibited?
15. Who do I ask to find out if a particular product I use is recyclable and therefore compliant?
16. How do I know if a particular product I use is compostable and therefore compliant?
17. As a customer, can I bring my own single-use plastic carryout bags to the store?
18. What if an establishment isn’t following the new rules?
19. Do I have to charge my customers for paper bags?
20. Is there a requirement for recycled content in paper bags?
21. How will this be enforced?