- For Retailers
- For Restaurants
- For Shoppers
- The law only applies to carryout bags, not to bags without handles that are used to protect merchandise, produce or meat.
- The store keeps the bag charge to offset the cost of implementing the law. The charge is not subject to tax per the California State Board of Equalization.
With the passage of Proposition 67, California became the first state in the nation to enact a state law to ban plastic shopping bags. The WMA endorsed Proposition 67 during the September Board meeting.
Today the Alameda County Waste Management Authority approved an expanded reusable bag ordinance for Alameda County. The expanded ordinance will apply to all stores and restaurants in the county, and will go into effect on May 1, 2017 for retail stores and November 1, 2017 for restaurants.
What Stores are Affected?
- Certain retail stores, including grocery stores and convenience stores.
As of May 1, 2017:
- All retail stores that sell perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items