Why am I being fined?

Citations are issued to retail businesses and eating establishments found to be in violation of the Reusable Bag Ordinance. Administrative Citations are issued after at least two official notices have been mailed to the business. If you need copies of previously sent enforcement letters—the Official Notification letter or Notice to Correct Violation letter—please complete the Contact Us form.

Citations may be issued for:


Have you received an Administrative Citation for violation(s) of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA) Reusable Bag Ordinance?  You can pay the fine online by visiting the Citation Processing Center or by mailing a check payable to “ACWMA – Citation Processing Center” to the address below:

ACWMA – Citation Processing Center
P.O. Box 7275
Newport Beach, CA 92658-7275

Please include your citation number with the payment.

New Retail Page

As of May 1, 2017, the law has expanded to include all retail stores that sell perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items.  Stores covered since 2013 remain affected.  The requirements of the new law are as follows:


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