As of May 1, 2017, single-use plastic carryout bags may no longer be distributed by retail stores in Alameda County. Stores must charge a minimum of $0.10 for recycled paper or reusable bags provided at the checkout counter and itemize the bag charge on the customer receipt. (Please note, the Reusable Bag law does not apply to eating establishments until November 1, 2017).
If you are aware of a retail store distributing single-use carryout bags, not charging for paper or reusable bags, and/or not itemizing bag charges on your receipt, we want to hear from you! We are relying on consumers to help us reach out to stores not complying with the new law.
As a reminder, compliant thick plastic reusable bags and protective plastic bags for transporting meat, produce, or bulk food within a store are allowed under the ordinance. (Reference our compliant bag page for more details). If you have any questions about the terms of the ordinance, call our hotline at 510-891-6575 or read the full text of the ordinance.
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