Carryout bag reduction

To address the growing problem of carryout bag waste, on February 19, 2014 the cities and the county members of the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency passed Ordinance No. 2014-2 establishing a Waste Reduction Program for Carryout Bags and a related administrative penalties ordinance. If you are a grocery store or retail establishment subject to the ordinance, visit the Business Carryout Bags Ordinance page.

Tips for remembering your bag when shopping

  • Put your bags where you will use them, such as in the car, on the doorknob, in your purse or backpack.
  • Is your bag in your cart or basket? As you enter a store make sure you have a bag. If you forgot, make the effort to go back and get it.
  • Get bags that match your style. You’ll use your bags more if you enjoy them.
  • Put your kids in charge of remembering.
Reuse Bag

What shoppers need to know about the ordinance

Beginning September 1, 2014, single-use plastic bags will no longer be available at all grocery and retail stores in Sonoma County.

Stores must charge a minimum of 10¢ for each paper bag.

The Waste Reduction Program for Carryout Bags Ordinance (PDF: 33 kB) is intended to reduce litter, keep plastic bags out of local waterways, and encourage the use of reusable bags.

$1 Reusable Bags

To help you get in the habit of using reusable bags when shopping, Agency reusable bags will be available at our outreach events for a $1.00 donation.

2008 bag usage


Plastic bags used per resident

18.2 Billion

Annual plastic bag usage



Paper bag recovery rate

3.6 Billion

Annual paper bag usage