- For Retailers
- For Restaurants
- For Shoppers
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 law only applies to carryout bags, not to paper or plastic bags without handles that are used to protect food (such as around containers of soup or stew to prevent spilling).
No. The bag charge and receipt itemization are not required when restaurants give out compliant recycled-content paper bags to customers. Eating establishments are required to charge for reusable bags (including thick, durable plastic bags) and itemize the charge on the receipt.
Beginning November 1, 2017 all public eating establishments including restaurants, food trucks, cafes, bars and others selling prepared food and beverages may no longer distribute single-use plastic checkout bags to customers for their take-out food. If your restaurant is not a 'brick & mortar' store (e.g. Flea & Farmer's market stalls), no changes are needed.
Bags used for gift wrap are subject to the bag requirements and must be charged for.