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Short Titles as Introduced

Trash Reduction Act of 2015

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Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a retail tax on carryout bags, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
11/05/2015Introduced in House

All Actions (6)

Date All Actions
11/13/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans.
Action By: Committee on Natural Resources
11/13/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Federal Lands.
Action By: Committee on Natural Resources
11/05/2015Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
11/05/2015Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
11/05/2015Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
11/05/2015Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Ways and Means11/05/2015 Referred to
House Natural Resources11/05/2015 Referred to
House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands11/13/2015 Referred to
House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans11/13/2015 Referred to

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Introduced in House (11/05/2015)

Trash Reduction Act of 2015

This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to require retailers to pay a $0.10 excise tax on each carryout bag provided to a consumer. A "carryout bag" means a bag of any material, commonly plastic or kraft paper, which is provided to a consumer at the point of sale to carry or cover purchases, merchandise, or other items. Reusable bags and certain other bags used for specified purposes are exempt from such tax.

The bill allows retailers who establish a qualified plastic carryout bag recycling program a rebate for each recyclable bag used by the retailer.

The bill establishes the Carryout Bag Trust Fund to hold tax revenues generated by this Act and directs the Department of the Treasury to make payments from such Trust Fund for the qualified plastic carryout bag recycling program and to the Land and Water Conservation Fund established by the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965.

The Government Accountability Office must study and report to Congress on the effectiveness of this Act in reducing the use of carryout bags and encouraging recycling of such bags.