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Are plastic bags labeled or sold as “compostable” or “bioplastic” or “biodegradable” allowed as reusable bags?

The Alameda County Reusable Bag law requires a “reusable bag” to meet certain performance criteria, as verified by an independent laboratory, to be considered compliant.  Plastic bags labeled or sold as “compostable” or “bioplastic” or “biodegradable”  generally do not meet the specifications of a compliant reusable bag under the Alameda County law.&n

What should I do with leftover non-compliant bags?

Please do not throw your old bags in the trash, they can still be put to good use.  Charitable reuse organizations such as food banks are exempt from the law and are allowed to distribute single-use plastic bags.  Contact the Alameda County Community Food Bank:  Wilken B Louie, (510) 635-3663 ex326, to donate your old bags.  You may also contact a local animal shelter or rescue group, many of whom are interested in donations of plastic bags.

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