- For Retailers
- For Restaurants
- For Shoppers
Upon inspection of your business, it was determined that single-use carryout bags were being sold for the purposes of transporting food or merchandise from your retail store.
Per the Reusable Bag Ordinance 2012-2, "No Store shall provide single-use carryout bags to a customer at the check stand, cash register, point of sale or other location for the purposes of transporting food or merchandises out of the Store."
The Authority expects stores to voluntarily comply and will provide assistance to help stores make the transition as easy as possible. Repeated non-compliance with the terms of the Ordinance could result in legal consequences including civil action and/or administrative citation. Citations range from $100 to $1,000 depending on the nature and severity of the violation.
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!
As of May 1, 2017, this ordinance expanded to include ALL retail stores in Alameda County, and as of November 1, 2017, also includes all eating establishments and food delivery services.
ORDINANCE REGULATING THE USE OF CARRYOUT BAGS AND PROMOTING THE USE OF REUSABLE BAGS
The Board of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority ("Authority") ordains as follows:
SECTION 1 (Enactment)
The Board of the Authority does hereby enact this Ordinance in full consisting of Section 1 through Section
The Alameda County Waste Management Authority adopted the initial Reusable Bag Ordinance in January 2012 to reduce the use of single-use carryout bags and promote the use of reusable bags. Similar ordinances have been passed in San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles County, and other communities throughout California.
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.