What Stores are Affected?
- Certain retail stores, including grocery, liquor, and convience stores.
Starting May 1, 2017:
- All retail stores that sell perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items.
Section 3(r) of the 2016 Ordinance contains the definition of a "Store" as covered under this law.
- Stop providing single use carryout bags
- Stock compliant reusable and paper bags at checkout
- Charge a minimum of 10 cents for compliant bags
- Itemize 10 cent charge on receipts
Notes on Bag Sales:
- Bags sold to customers must meet the specifications in the ordinance (see Bag Specifications page).
- All proceeds from the sale of recycled paper bags and reusable bags are retained by the retailer without any restrictions on their use.
Bags at No Cost:
- The ordinance allows stores to decide on how they handle customers participating in WIC and CalFresh/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) programs. The ordinance:
- Does not require the store to give out free reusable or free recycled paper bags.
- Does not mandate stores to charge the fee to those participating in SNAP and WIC.
- The ordinance language allows stores to make their own decision between providing recycled content paper bag(s) or reusable bag(s).
- Per SNAP and WIC program regulations (NOT the Authority's Ordinance 2012-2 regulations),if a store charges fees for bags, SNAP and WIC funds can not be used to pay those fees.
- Protective Bags made of paper or plastic that do not have handles are allowed if they are used to:
- Transport produce from produce department, bulk food from bulk food area, meat from meat department, or medication from pharmacy to checkout, OR
- Separate food or merchandise that could damage or contaminate other food or merchandise when placed together in a single bag.
(see Ordinance Section 3(m) for additional details on exempt "Produce/Product Bags".