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325E.046 STANDARDS FOR LABELING PLASTIC BAGS.

Subdivision 1."Biodegradable" label.

A manufacturer, distributor, or wholesaler may not offer for sale in this state a plastic bag labeled "biodegradable," "degradable," or any form of those terms, or in any way imply that the bag will chemically decompose into innocuous elements in a reasonably short period of time in a landfill, composting, or other terrestrial environment unless a scientifically based standard for biodegradability is developed and the bags are certified as meeting the standard.

Subd. 2."Compostable" label.

A manufacturer, distributor, or wholesaler may not offer for sale in this state a plastic bag labeled "compostable" unless, at the time of sale, the bag meets the ASTM Standard Specification for Compostable Plastics (D6400). Each bag must be labeled to reflect that it meets the standard. For purposes of this subdivision, "ASTM" has the meaning given in section 296A.01, subdivision 6.

Subd. 3.Enforcement; civil penalty; injunctive relief.

(a) A manufacturer, distributor, or wholesaler who violates subdivision 1 or 2 is subject to a civil penalty of $100 for each prepackaged saleable unit offered for sale up to a maximum of $5,000 and may be enjoined from those violations.

(b) The attorney general may bring an action in the name of the state in a court of competent jurisdiction for recovery of civil penalties or for injunctive relief as provided in this subdivision. The attorney general may accept an assurance of discontinuance of acts in violation of subdivision 1 or 2 in the manner provided in section 8.31, subdivision 2b.

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