Resources for Cities

Cities in Alameda County are encouraged to provide a summary of the newly expanded bag law on their own websites as well as linking to this website for the full details regarding the ordinance.  This will help ensure that retailers and citizens in your jurisdiction can find up-to-date information relating to the Reusable Bag Ordinance via the widest variety of routes and search terms. 

The following information and graphics, as well as the information on the rest of this website, can be adapted as needed for your own websites.  Please contact us at if you have any questions.


Meta Description:   The recently expanded Alameda County Reusable Bag Ordinance now covers all retail stores in {city name}.  The bag law will expand to all restaurants in {city name} on November 1, 2017.  This ban on single-use plastic bags helps reduce litter and waste, protects creeks and the bay, and conserves natural resources.

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Reusable Bag Law for Alameda County

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 the local environment.  Since May 1, 2017, this ordinance has expanded to include ALL retail stores in Alameda County, which includes those in {city name}.  This plastic bag ban will be expanding to include all restaurants in {city name} starting on November 1, 2017.

What is required by the Ordinance?

  • Stores must stop providing single use (plastic) carryout bags
  • Stores must stock reusable and recycled content paper bags at checkout
  • Stores must charge a minimum of 10 cents for compliant bags and itemize that charge on receipts.

To learn more about the ordinance, visit the Reusable Bag Ordinance Website or select from the following links: