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Paper Bags

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Paper waste is one of the most significant contributors of total waste in the United States. Paper bags made with recycled content divert waste from landfills and reduce environmental impacts.

Green Contracts

The contract offers paper bags made with 100 percent postconsumer recycled content.

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This contract offers State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) compliant line items. Contract 

Contract Name: Paper Grocery Bags 
Contract ID/Number: 1-15-81-03

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The following technical and environmental specifications are incorporated in the state's contract(s) and are linked here for informational purposes only.

Paper Grocery Bags

Laws, Regulations and Policy


  • Public Contract Code Sections 12200-12217 - State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign

Certifications and Standards

  • None

Buying Tips

  • Look for products that contain a high percentage of postconsumer recycled content.
  • Ensure bags are free of coatings. If coated, only water based or water-soluble markings are acceptable.
  • Purchase bags that do not contain additives such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, or mercury.

References and Resources