What are the requirements for a compliant recycled content paper bag?

The paper bags with handles your store offers for sale at checkout must meet the following requirements:

  • Paper bags must contain no old growth fibers
  • Bags must be a minimum of 40 percent post-consumer recycled content paper
  • Bags must be 100 percent recyclable and compostable, including the handles
  • Bags must have all the following information printed in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag:
    • The word “recyclable” 
    • Name and country of the manufacturer
    • The percentage of post-consumer recycled content paper

Please see Bag Specifications for more information.