Violation 4(d): Failed to Itemize on Receipt Charge for Paper or Reusable Bags

Upon inspection, it was determined your business was not itemizing the required per bag charge (minimum ten cents ($0.10)) for each  recycled paper bag or  reusable bag. 
As per the Reusable Bag Ordinance 2012-02, "No store may make available for sale a recycled paper bag and/or reusable bag unless the amount of the sale for the bag is separately itemized on the sales receipt."

Violation 4(a): Distribution of a Single Use Bag

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."

Violations & Enforcement

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.

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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