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!
Since May 1, 2017, this ordinance has expanded to include ALL retail stores in Alameda County, and will include all restaurants starting on November 1, 2017.
To learn more about the ordinance, visit the Ordinance Overview or select from the following links:
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.
Thank you for doing your part!