The Alameda County Waste Management Authority (WMA) is proposing an expansion of the current ordinance to include all retail stores and restaurants. The WMA is expected to vote on an amended ordinance at the second reading in October, 2016. Visit the Potential Expansion Synopsis page for more information.
Since 2013, grocery stores and certain other food retailers in Alameda County have not been allowed to provide single-use plastic carryout bags at checkout, and the results have been great for our local environment!
Plastic bags are one of the most common litter items found in our waterways, and plastic pollution is a growing threat to oceans and marine life. Plastic bags take hundreds of years to break down or decompose, causing a cumulative litter problem. Shopping with reusable bags helps reduce litter and waste, protects creeks and the bay, and conserves natural resources.