Governor Signs Order Limiting Distribution of Plastic Bags
Gov. Alejandro García Padilla has signed into law legislation that would promote the use of reusable bags among businesses.
The bill, signed into law Dec. 29, comes three months after García Padilla issued an executive order that would ban businesses from dispensing plastic bags to customers starting in July.
The new law, authored by Popular Democratic Party Reps. Manuel Natal and José Báez, would give businesses a year before the ban on plastic bags goes into effect to allow for an educational campaign on the issue.
For the first six months of the ban, businesses in violation of the law will get a warning. Afterward, they will have to pay a $100 fine for a first offense, $150 for a second offense and $200 for each subsequent violation.
The revenue generated from the fines will be sent to the “Special Fund for the Reduction, Reuse and Recycling of Solid Waste” under the Solid Waste Authority.
Nothing in the law will prevent a customer from using his or her own plastic bags to carry groceries.