City of Dallas Carryout Bag Ordinance

The Dallas City Council has approved an ordinance to help reduce the proliferation of single-use carryout bags.  Under the new ordinance, effective January 1, 2015, retailers wishing to offer single-use carryout bags must assess a five-cent fee per bag.  Included as part of this effort to reduce litter, restaurants will be required to offer takeaway items in recyclable paper bags only, unless a plastic bag or film is needed to protect against moisture. 

 The City is hopeful that you and your neighbors will see less litter from single-use carryout bags at your homes and in your communities which will improve aesthetics and have a positive impact on everyone’s quality of life. 

 The City is asking that you help them spread the word and encourage your families, your friends, and your neighbors to bring reusable bags with them when they shop, thus avoiding a fee if their favorite retailer or grocer does not offer free reusable bags.  A link to the carryout bag ordinance is at and information about the ordinance is also posted on our social media pages.  If you have any questions or suggestions about how the City can continue to create a greener and more sustainable Dallas, email them at or call the Office of Environmental Quality at (214) 670-1200.