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With our many growing seasons under our belt, Growing Farms is making long range plans.  

Modeled after similar farm incubator, social enterprise organizations such as Intervale, DCF is looking for volunteers and donations. If you have time, energy and/or wisdom that you'd like to share, please contact us!

Reusable Carry-out Bag and Environmentally Preferable  Food To-go Container Model Legislation Proposal

The proposed ordinance outlined below would incentivize reusable carry-out bags and environmentally preferable to-go food containers within the City of Duluth. Click here for a downloadable (pdf) format.


To encourage Duluth residents to bring reusable bags when they shop, we propose a phase-out on single-use plastic carry-out bags and a minimum charge for single-use paper bags.

To encourage the use of more sustainable food and beverage containers, Polystyrene foam food or beverage containers shall not be used to package or serve food or beverages by restaurants and/or retail food establishments within the City of Duluth.

Thin Film Bag Phaseout


  • Reusable bags over 4 milileters in thickness

  • Produce and other food bags without handles

  • Dry-cleaner, newspaper, door-hanger bags, bags for fine art paper, and plastic bags sold in packages containing multiple bags intended for use as garbage bags or to contain pet waste

  • Bags used to safeguard public health and safety during the transportation of prepared take-out foods and prepared liquids intended for consumption away from the retail establishment

Paper Bag Minimum Charge

  • Proposed minimum charge: $.05 per bag kept by retailer

  • Retail establishments cannot collect the fee from anyone with a voucher or electronic benefits card issued by any federal or state food assistance program


Expanded Polystyrene Food Containers


  • This ordinance shall not apply to the packaging of uncooked meat, uncooked poultry, and/or uncooked fish.

Duluth Area Business Examples
: UMD Stores, The Whole Foods Coop (no plastic bags or Styrofoam), Chester Creek Café, Aldi's (charge for carryout bags), Duluth Grill, Tavern on the Hill, Old Chicago, Olive Garden, Pizza Luce.

Other Jurisdictions:
Over 160 US cities have enacted single-use bag bans and/or minimum charges including Minneapolis, Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Dallas, TX; Austin, TX; Cambridge, MA; Santa Fe, NM; Boulder, CO; Washington, DC; Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland, CA.  The whole state of Hawaii and California have phased-out single use plastic bags.

Over 75 cities have enacted polystyrene phase-outs including New York City ; Takoma Park, MD; Seattle, Washington;Washington DC; Miami Beach, FL;Portland, Maine; Nantucket (City & County), Massachusetts; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon ; Los Angeles County and San Francisco, CA
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