28 June 2019
Vermont Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags, Expanded Polystyrene Containers Enacted into Law
Vermont has enacted into law legislation (S. 113) barring stores and food service establishments in the state from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to their customers. The legislation also bars food service establishments from providing single-use plastic straws and single-use plastic stirrers, although straws may be provided if they are explicitly requested. Moreover, it bans persons from selling or offering for sale in the state any expanded polystyrene food service products and precludes stores and food service establishments from selling or providing food or beverages in any such products.
As previously reported, these prohibitions will apply from 1 July 2020 although stores and food service establishments will be allowed to sell or provide subject merchandise in inventory if such merchandise was purchased prior to 15 May 2019 and is provided to a consumer by 1 July 2021. Persons, stores or food service establishments that violate the prohibitions will receive a warning for an initial violation, a US$25 civil penalty for a second violation, and a US$100 civil penalty for a third and any subsequent violations.