Bring Your Own Bags

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Discarded plastic bags pollute our waterways and our communities, waste limited resources, leach toxins into our water and soil, and contribute to the climate crisis. By reducing our reliance on single-use plastics, we are taking advantage of the opportunity to strengthen our economy and our communities’ health. Let’s use our power as consumers and business leaders in Cuyahoga County to reduce the negative impacts of single-use plastics. Choose to eliminate plastic bags from our lives.

For more information on how you can reduce plastic waste in your day-to-day life, read this blog post by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.


Why is eliminating our use of single-use plastic bags important?

  • Our natural resources, like Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River, and our 3 major watersheds, are essential to our community health and economic vitality.
  • Our access to clean drinking water is vital. Microplastics negatively affect our drinking water quality.
  • As Climate Change affects the world more and more, our economic growth is at risk from wasted natural resources and declining environmental health.


Cuyahoga County’s Plastic Bag Ban is in effect as of January 16, 2022. Cuyahoga County is committed to helping stores transition from using single-use plastic bags at the checkout ahead of any enforcement action. Retailers should visit our “Information for Retailers” web page for additional resources. Shoppers are encouraged to support this transition by bringing reusable bags when they shop.



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For more information about the Plastic Bag Ban, visit our FAQs page. For questions about enforcement, contact the Department of Consumer Affairs by phone at 216-443-7035 or by email. For information about plastics and the environment, contact the Department of Sustainability.