Our network

Montgomery County's Carryout Bag Law | Environment

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Montgomery County's Carryout Bag Law
Montgomery County's Carryout Bag Law

 As of January 1, 2012, all retail establishments in Montgomery County that sell goods and provide their customers a carryout bag (either paper or plastic) are required to charge 5 cents per bag. The program is designed to improve our environment.

Retail establishments include all stores, permanent booths, service stations, grocery stores, department stores, specialty goods, sellers, convenience stores, restaurants etc. 

  • A similiar program has been in effect in D.C. for the past 18 months and has already reduced plastic bag liter that clogs the rivers and streams by an estimated 65 percent.
  • Proceeds from the Carryout Bag Law go exclusively to programs that fight litter and provide stormwater pollution control in Montgomery County.
  • The 5-cent charge also applies to purchases made over the phone/Internet/fax, or at a self-checkout counter, if you are using store-provided carryout bags.
  • Residents can avoid this 5-cent charge by bringing their own bags to carryout purchases from the store.


For more information, visit Montgomerycounty.gov/bag or call 311.