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§ 9-2103. Labeling of compostable plastic bags

West's Annotated Code of MarylandEnvironmentEffective: October 1, 2017

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Environment
Title 9. Water, Ice, & Sanitary Facilities (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 21. Plastic Products (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2017
MD Code, Environment, § 9-2103
§ 9-2103. Labeling of compostable plastic bags
Labeling requirements
(a) Subject to § 9-2102(b) of this subtitle and subsection (b) of this section, on and after October 1, 2018, a person that distributes or sells a compostable plastic bag intended for sale or distribution by a retailer in the State shall ensure that the compostable plastic bag is:
(1) Labeled in a manner that is readily and easily identifiable from other plastic bags;
(2) Labeled in a manner that is consistent with the federal Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims;
(3) Labeled with a certification logo indicating the bag meets the ASTM D6400 standard specification; and
(4)(i) A uniform color of green and labeled with the word “COMPOSTABLE” in at least a 1 inch font on one side of the bag;
(ii) Labeled in green writing with the word “COMPOSTABLE” in at least a 1 inch font on both sides of the bag; or
(iii) Labeled with the word “COMPOSTABLE” in at least a one-half inch font on both sides of the bag within a green color band that:
1. Contrasts with the compostable bag's background color; and
2. Is at least 1 inch in height.
Bags smaller than 14 inches by 14 inches
(b) If a compostable plastic bag is smaller than 14 inches by 14 inches, the compostable bag may be labeled in a manner that is in proportion to the size of the bag.
Label as recyclable
(c) A compostable plastic bag sold or distributed in the State may not be labeled as recyclable.
Construction with federal Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims
(d) A provision of this section has effect only to the extent that the provision does not conflict with the federal Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims.

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Added by Acts 2017, c. 374, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2017.
MD Code, Environment, § 9-2103, MD ENVIR § 9-2103
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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