Are some types of bags exempt from the tax?

Yes. The tax on single-use bags does not apply to any bag brought into a store by a customer, nor does it apply to packages containing multiple bags for food storage, garbage, pet waste, or yard waste. Additionally, the tax does not apply to:

  1. Bags provided by a pharmacist that contain a prescription drug 
  2. Any newspaper bag or bag intended for dry cleaning
  3. Bags provided at a seasonal event, such as a farmers market, yard sale, etc.
  4. Bags used to package a bulk item or to wrap a perishable item 
  5. Bags used to package carryout food from a food service establishment 

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1. Must stores charge all shoppers the bag tax?
2. How can shoppers avoid the bag tax?
3. Are some types of bags exempt from the tax?
4. Does the tax apply to bags used for delivery orders or self-checkout?