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Plastic Bag Ban for All USVI Businesses

June 20, 2016

The Commitee on Housing, Public Works and Waste Management informs the public about a new Bill (No. 31-0379) that prohibits certain businesses from providing plastic checkout bags and non-recyclable paper bags to their customers at the point of sale for the purpose of transporting groceries or other merchandise.

Dated May 31, 2016, this Act amends title 29 Virgin Islands Code, chapter 8 adding subchapter II to provide for the regulation of plastic bags provided to customers.

This Billl was proposed by Senator Neville James by request of the Governor, Kenneth Mapp.

The Bill states the following:

All businesses are prohibited from providing plastic checkout bags and non-recyclable paper bags to their customers at the point of sale for the purpose of transporting groceries or other merchandise. Nothing in this section precludes a business from making available to customers, with or without charge, at the point of sale:

  1. Reusable bags, compostable plastic bags, or recyclable paper bags for the purpose of transporting groceries or other merchandise; or
  2. Non-recyclable paper bags to protect or transport prepared foods, beverages, or bakery goods.

Note: The Bill defines "Businesses" as any commercial enterprise or establishment and all employees of the commercial enterprise or establishment or any independent contractors associated with the business operating in the U.S. Virgin Islands, including an individual proprietorship, joint venture, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit.

The complete text of Bill No. 31-0379 can be downloaded in PDF format from the following link:

> Download the Plastic Bag Ban Bill in PDF format

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