Disposable Bag Fee

Welcome to the Howard County Disposable Bag Fee Payment portal.

Beginning October 1, 2020; all retailers are required to collect $0.05 for each disposable bag issued to a customer in accordance to Howard County Council Bill 64-2019.

Retailers are required to submit $0.04 of each disposable bag issued to the Director of Finance on a quarterly basis in accordance to Howard County Council Bill 64-2019.

  • You are exempt from collecting and remitting the fee if your store does not offer disposable bags to your customer. You will be required to certify your exemption status on a yearly basis, please contact the Department of Finance at 410-313-#### or bagfee@howardcountymd.gov for more information.
  • You are exempt from remitting the fee if you collect less than $50 in fees or issue less than 1,000 bags per quarter. You will be required to report the number of bags for the quarter indicating the number of bags sold by email to bagfee@howardcountymd.gov.
  • Disposable Bag Fees from retailers are due to the Director of Finance on or before the retailer’s last business day of each calendar quarter (calendar quarter end dates 3/31, 6/30, 9/30 & 12/31).
  • 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.
  • Failure to collect the fees, remit the fees, submit the required information, keep the records, or post the signs as required is a Class A civil violation subject to civil penalties. Imposition of a civil penalty does not relieve the store of any requirements.

Please use the button below to be transferred to Govolutions secure site to remit your quarterly Disposable Bag Fees via e-check. Govolutions charges a convenience fee of $1.50 for e-check per transactions.

For more information on the Disposable Bag Fee Program, please visit the Live Green website at www.xxx.com.