Rules and Regulations for the Plastic Waste Reduction Act

250-RICR-140-20-5 ACTIVE RULE

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5.4Prohibitions on Single-use Plastic Bag Distribution

5.5Enforcement and Penalty

5.6Enforcement Jurisdiction

5.7Violations and Appeals

Title 250 Department of Environmental Management
Chapter 140 Waste and Materials Management
Subchapter 20 Recycling & Special Waste
Part 5 Rules and Regulations for the Plastic Waste Reduction Act
Type of Filing Adoption
Regulation Status Active
Effective 10/30/2023

Regulation Authority:

R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 23-19.18

Purpose and Reason:

Presently there are numerous retail establishments that provide single-use plastics bags to their customers at the point of sale. These bags can become litter and a form of plastic pollution that is dangerous to the health of our oceans and ocean species, contributes to climate change, and is a major component of unsightly litter both on our lands and in our waters. Plastics that enter the marine environment break down through wave action and sunlight into smaller pieces called microplastics, which can be ingested by marine life, putting Rhode Island’s fishing industries and aquatic ecosystems at risk. Plastic bags and thin plastic films are a common contaminant of recycling loads at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation Material Recycling Facility. Single-use plastic bags have severe environmental impacts on a local and global scale, including pollution of our waters, harm to marine and wildlife, greenhouse gas emissions, blocking storm drains, and creating litter.

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