Welcome to the Howard County Disposable Plastic Bag Fee Payment portal.
Beginning October 1, 2020; all retailers are required to collect $0.05 for each disposable plastic bag issued to a customer at the point of sale in accordance to Section 20, Subtitle 13 of the Howard County Code (Sections 20.1300 et. Seq., “Disposable Bag Fee”).
Retailers are required to display signage where carts are kept and at each place where customers pay. Howard County has designed suggested signs and cards (downloadable versions below). Stores may create their own signs if they meet the guidelines outlined in the law.
3x5 cashier card 4x6 cashier card 8.5x11 poster 8.5x14 poster
See Howard County Council Bill 64-2019 and Maryland Code, Local Gov't § 13-1001 for additional information.
Any retailer that fails to remit payment to the Director of Finance as indicated will be issued an estimated bill and subject to 1% late fee per month or part of month that the remittance is past due.