South Carolina
Statewide
Current
The Governor of South Carolina is considering a ban on the ban of single-use plastic disposable shopping bags throughout the State of South Carolina.  
Arcadia Lakes
March 2020
Prohibits all establishments in Arcadia Lakes from providing single-use plastic disposable shopping bags for the purpose of carrying away goods from the point of sale. Requires plastic bags to have a minimum thickness of 2.25 mil. Allows paper and reusable shopping bags. 
REUSABLE CARRYOUT BAG. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled;(2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and(3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils.
Beaufort County
November 2018
Prohibits all establishments in Beaufort County from providing single-use plastic disposable shopping bags for the purpose of carrying away goods from the point of sale. Requires plastic bags to have a minimum thickness of 2.25 mil. Allows paper and reusable shopping bags. 
REUSABLE CARRYOUT BAG. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled;(2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and(3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils.
Blufton
October 2018
Prohibits all establishments in Blufton from providing single-use plastic disposable shopping bags for the purpose of carrying away goods from the point of sale. Requires plastic bags to have a minimum thickness of 2.25 mil. Allows paper and reusable shopping bags. 
REUSABLE CARRYOUT BAG. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled;(2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and(3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils.
Charleston
October 2018
Prohibits all establishments in Charleston from providing single-use plastic disposable shopping bags for the purpose of carrying away goods from the point of sale. Requires plastic bags to have a minimum thickness of 4.00 mil. Allows paper and reusable shopping bags. 
Reusable Carryout Bag. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; (2) Has a handle; (3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials, whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 4.0 mils; (4) minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet.
Hilton Head
October 2018
Prohibits all establishments in Hilton Head from providing single-use plastic disposable shopping bags for the purpose of carrying away goods from the point of sale. Requires plastic bags to have a minimum thickness of 2.25 mil. Allows paper and reusable shopping bags. 
REUSABLE CARRYOUT BAG. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled;(2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and(3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils.
James Island
January 2020
Prohibits all establishments in James Island from providing single-use plastic disposable shopping bags for the purpose of carrying away goods from the point of sale. Requires plastic bags to have a minimum thickness of 4.00 mil. Allows paper and reusable shopping bags. 
REUSABLE CARRYOUT BAG. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple use, and meets the following criteria: (a) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; (b) Has a handle; (c) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven capable of being cleaned and disinfected; 2. Plastic film, with a minimum thickness of four (4.0) mils and capable of being cleaned and disinfected; (d) Has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses, which for purposes of this definition means the capability of carrying a minimum of 22 pounds 125 times over a distance of at least 175 feet.​
Mount Pleasant
April 2019
Prohibits all establishments in Mount Pleasant from providing single-use plastic disposable shopping bags for the purpose of carrying away goods from the point of sale. Requires plastic bags to have a minimum thickness of 2.25 mil. Allows paper and reusable shopping bags. 
Reusable bag is defined as a bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Port Royal
June 2018
Prohibits all establishments in Port Royal from providing single-use plastic disposable shopping bags for the purpose of carrying away goods from the point of sale. Requires plastic bags to have a minimum thickness of 2.25 mil. Allows paper and reusable shopping bags.  
Reusable Carryout Bag. A carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: (1) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; (2) Has a handle; except that handles are not required for carryout bags constructed out of recyclable paper with a height of less than 14 inches and width of less than eight inches; and (3) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (a) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials, whether woven or non-woven; or (b) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils.
Surfside Beach
June 2018
Prohibits all establishments in Surfside Beach from providing single-use plastic disposable shopping bags for the purpose of carrying away goods from the point of sale. Requires plastic bags to have a minimum thickness of 2.25 mil. Allows paper and reusable shopping bags.  
Reusable carryout bag means a carryout bag that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and meets the following criteria: i) Displays in a highly visible manner on the bag exterior, language describing the bag's ability to be reused and recycled; ii) Is constructed out of any of the following materials: (1) Cloth, other washable fabric, or other durable materials whether woven or non-woven; (2) Recyclable plastic, with a minimum thickness of 2.25 mils; or (3) Recyclable paper.
Relevant Links 
SC bill voiding local plastic bag bans advances, setting up a floor fight next year - April 11, 2019
Plastic bag bans survive — for now — as SC lawmakers take more study time - April 4, 2019

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