USVI Plastic Bag Ban Now in Effect

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In an effort to reduce non-bio waste and protect marine life, the USVI government enacted a plastic bag ban in Spring 2016. The law went into effect as of Jan. 1, 2017 with an amendment passed to begin assessing penalties as of April 1, 2017. This update permits stores the opportunity to exhaust current plastic bag supplies, inform customers and provide for suitable options.

Some stores are already providing recyclable bags for sale; bulk stores such as Cost U Less have been providing used cartons for transporting grocery items.

Exceptions include:

Loose items bags such as for produce; Bags used to wrap products for protection and hygiene; Prescription medication packages; Newspaper bags for home delivery; Door hanger bags; Laundry, dry cleaning, garment bags; Bags sold in packages for trash and storage; Bags used to contain live animals and insects; and Bags used to transport chemicals

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