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Delaware’s Plastic Carryout Bag Ban

As of Jan. 1, 2021, plastic carryout bags have been replaced by reusable bags at checkout in many stores throughout Delaware.

Bring Your Own Bag

In 2019, the Delaware General Assembly passed a law banning plastic carryout bags (82 Del. Laws c. 166) to help reduce beach and roadside litter, increase recycling efforts, and reduce the impact of plastic bags at regional recycling facilities that manage material from Delaware’s Universal Recycling program.

Information and Resources for Retailers

DNREC has created a list of questions and answers to help guide retailers during the transition to a future mostly without plastic carryout bags. Any additional questions should be directed to the Delaware Recycles program of DNREC’s Compliance and Permitting Section (

DNREC has also developed materials that retailers can post in their stores to provide information about the changes to heir customers.

Information for Consumers

These changes raise many questions for consumers. There are answers, available below and in a downloadable FAQ.