Plastic bags; use by retailers. (HB1498)

Introduced By

Del. Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Plastic bags; use by retailers.  Bans the use of plastic carryout bags by retailers at the point of sale unless such bags are (i) durable plastic bags with handles, (ii) at least 2.25 mils thick, and (iii) specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/16/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101590D
12/16/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/19/2011Tabled in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources


Christina Brown writes:

Good morning,
I would like to thank all who are doing what they can to pass these bills against disposable plastic bags. It's really not a difficult thing to do (not using them). I have all but completely stopped myself and plan to go further in reducing my use of all plastics. If there is anything at all that I can do to help out in this and future campaigns, please let me know. It is our responsibility to keep trying to protect our future.

James writes:

While I certainly dont like plastic bags to end up in water ways or other unintended places, I belive they shouldnt be banned or taxed. We need the option to use paper and I along with many others would use that option for many stores and plastic for others. I did a report of this years ago but after many weeks of research and even my bias towards paper, I found that plactic bags overall were better for the environment. Doesnt take into affect people throwing them out windows or in waterways. The paper is very resource intencive and cause waterways more harm due to acid and chemicals used in the paper mills. Then theres deforestation which hardely anyone can argue about. While it is recyclable, so is plastic. Plastic is better to recycle and we donate them to thrift stores who use them and hopefully those people do something similar. The plastic bags use very little in terms of resources since its simply the by product of oil refinary into gas/diesel fuel. Funny thing about how people want to preserve oil which im no fan of waste at all. But consider ethonal vs oil. Ethonal is derived from corn (Because big AGRA lobby) and gas is derived from oil. Oil I cant eat, drink etc, if it wasnt for energy I could live without it. Corn is food from everyones mouths. Reason for this is farmers make much more money makeing corn for ethonal then lettuce or carrots for us to eat so more switch their farms over to ethonal. Which is an even bigger issue. GMOs Genetically Engineered food which if you do any research and not from the owners shows some very scary things includeing organ damage, reproductive organ problems, cows delivering huge sacks of water instead of baby calfs. Dare to look it up. "GM organ damage"