Resources to Inform Your Customers
What you need to know:
- Applies to all grocery stores and retail establishments. Does not apply to public eating establishments (stand-alone restaurants, delis, etc.) and nonprofit charitable reusers.
- Prohibits all single-use plastic carryout bags (point-of-sale or checkout).
- Requires a minimum 10¢ charge on all compliant recycled paper bags.
- Charge must be displayed separately on customer receipt.
- Stores to keep the charge.
What types of businesses does the ordinance apply to?
The ordinance applies to all commercial establishments that sell perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer.
Where does the ordinance NOT apply?
Retail establishments do not include public eating establishments (standalone restaurants, delis, takeout establishments, etc.) or nonprofit charitable reusers. Single-use carryout bags do not include bags without handles provided to the customer for the following uses:
- To transport produce, bulk food or meat from a produce, bulk food or meat department within a store to the point of sale.
- To hold prescription medication dispensed from a pharmacy.
- To segregate food or merchandise that could damage or contaminate other food or merchandise when placed together in a reusable bag or recycled paper bag.
Schedule of the ordinance approval process:
- January 15, 2014 – Certification of Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) (PDF: 16.97 MB) and Proposed Ordinance First Reading
- February 19, 2014 – Ordinance Second Reading, Adoption
- March 21, 2014 – Legally effective date of the ordinance (30 days after the Second Reading and Adoption)
- September 1, 2014 – Effective date as written in the ordinance. (PDF: 33 kB) Ordinance Enforcement Begins.
What types of bags can businesses use?
- Paper checkout bags are bags that contains no old growth fiber and a minimum of forty percent (40%) post-consumer recycled material; are one hundred percent (100%) recyclable; and have printed in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bags the words "Reusable" and "Recyclable," the name and locationof the manufacturer, and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
- Reusable checkout bags are either a bag made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag with handles that is at least 2.25 mil thick designed and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.