Howard County Bag Fee Program

Retailers in Howard County are required to collect $0.05 for each disposable plastic bag issued to a customer at the point of sale, and are required to display signage where carts are kept and at each place where customers pay.

Stores may print the free signs provided below or create their own Bag Fee Program compliant signs.

For more information on how this program is benefiting our community, please visit the Live Green Howard website.

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Bag Fee Commonly Asked Questions

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If Your Business Provides More Than 1,000 Bags Per Quarter
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You must report the total number of bags and remit $0.04 for each disposable plastic bag provided to your customer at the point of sale to the Director of Finance.

Quarter Payment Due
January - March April 30
April - June July 31
July - September October 31
October - December January 31

 

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If Your Business Provides Less Than 1,000 Bags Per Quarter
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You must complete the Howard County Minimum Exemption Form and email it to [email protected]

Quarter Form Due
January - March April 30
April - June July 31
July - September October 31
October - December January 31
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If Your Business Does Not Provide Plastic Bags
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You must complete the Howard County Annual Exemption Form every July and email it to [email protected] for your business to remain compliant with the Howard County Bag Fee Program.

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If Your Business Does Not Sell Product At Point Of Sale
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You must complete and agree to the terms of the Howard County Annual Bag Fee Program, and email the completed form to [email protected]

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If Your Business Is A Restaurant
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Are restaurants included? Restaurants are not included in the legislation at this time; however, they are required to complete the Howard County Bag Fee Program Exemption Agreement.

What is considered a restaurant for the purpose of the Howard County Bag Fee? A place located in a permanent building with a kitchen equipped with the necessary amenities and utensils for preparing meals for customers. The place must contain a public dining area where the meal of their choosing may be served and eaten on the premises.  Such restaurants may also offer take-out and food delivery services. A restaurant does not include convenience stores, delis, and mini-marts unless they have an eat-in area with tables. (An establishment with raised tables with or without seating where people may stand and eat also counts as a restaurant.)

You must complete and agree to the terms of the Howard County Annual Bag Fee Program, and email the completed form to [email protected]

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