Minneapolis shoppers should prepare to bring their own bags to the stores, as the city is bringing back its 5 cent charge on plastic and paper carryout bags.
The ordinance, which first went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, was suspended after just a few months when the COVID-19 pandemic started, amid concern over the potential for fomite transmission (by touching surfaces) of the virus.
But the ordinance will go back into effect on Oct. 1, as the city resumes its plans to cut down on paper and plastic waste by requiring retailers to charge 5 cents for every carryout bag requested by customers.
These include any "plastic, compostable, paper and reusable bags provided by the store."
As such, shoppers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags shopping with them, with the City of Minneapolis saying that ding so reduces the chance of plastic bags being littered around the city, as well as reducing the use of the raw materials required to make the bags (ie. trees and petroleum).
The ordinance does contain some exemptions, namely for vendors at farmers markets and "other temporary events," produce bags for meat or baked goods, or other bags used for bulk items, flowers, prescriptions, or liquor sleeves.
Secondhand bags are also exempted from the ordinance, as are restaurants and other businesses like salons and dry cleaners "where retail sales are clearly a secondary activity."
Customers who receive federal or state food assistance will also not be required to pay the charge.