California


Statewide Legislation

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Status Approved
Status Date 09/30/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary (c) “Recycled paper bag” means a paper carryout bag provided by a store to a customer at the point of sale that meets all of the following requirements: (1) (A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), contains a minimum of 40 percent postconsumer recycled materials. (B) An eight pound or smaller recycled paper bag shall contain a minimum of 20 percent postconsumer recycled material. (2) Is accepted for recycling in curbside programs in a majority of households that have access to curbside recycling programs in the state. (3) Has printed on the bag the name of the manufacturer, the country where the bag was manufactured, and the minimum percentage of postconsumer content.
Reusable Definition (1) Has a handle and is designed for at least 125 uses, as provided in this article. (2) Has a volume capacity of at least 15 liters. (3) Is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected. (4) Has printed on the bag, or on a tag attached to the bag that is not intended to be removed, and in a manner visible to the consumer, all of the following information: (A) The name of the manufacturer. (B) The country where the bag was manufactured. (C) A statement that the bag is a reusable bag and designed for at least 125 uses. (D) If the bag is eligible for recycling in the state, instructions to return the bag to the store for recycling or to another appropriate recycling location. If recyclable in the state, the bag shall include the chasing arrows recycling symbol or the term “recyclable”, consistent with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines use of that term, as updated. (5) Does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other toxic material that may pose a threat to public health. A reusable bag manufacturer may demonstrate compliance with this requirement by obtaining a no objection letter from the federal Food and Drug Administration. This requirement shall not affect any authority of the Department of Toxic Substances Control pursuant to Article 14 (commencing with Section 25251) of Chapter 6.5 of Division 20 of the Health and Safety Code and, notwithstanding subdivision (c) of Section 25257.1 of the Health and Safety Code, the reusable grocery bag shall not be considered as a product category already regulated or subject to regulation. (6) Complies with Section 260.12 of Part 260 of Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations related to recyclable claims if the reusable grocery bag producer makes a claim that the reusable grocery bag is recyclable. (b) (1) In addition to the requirements in subdivision (a), a reusable grocery bag made from plastic film shall meet all of the following requirements: (A) On and after January 1, 2016, it shall be made from a minimum of 20 percent postconsumer recycled material. (B) On and after January 1, 2020, it shall be made from a minimum of 40 percent postconsumer recycled material. (C) It shall be recyclable in this state, and accepted for return at stores subject to the at-store recycling program (Chapter 5.1 (commencing with Section 42250)) for recycling. (D) It shall have, in addition to the information required to be printed on the bag or on a tag, pursuant to paragraph (4) of subdivision (a), a statement that the bag is made partly or wholly from postconsumer recycled material and stating the postconsumer recycled material content percentage, as applicable. (E) It shall be capable of carrying 22 pounds over a distance of 175 feet for a minimum of 125 uses and be at least 2.25 mils thick, measured according to the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard D6988-13. (2) A reusable grocery bag made from plastic film that meets the specifications of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Standard Specification for Compostable Plastics D6400, as updated, is not required to meet the requirements of subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1), but shall be labeled in accordance with the applicable state law regarding compostable plastics. (c) In addition to the requirements of subdivision (a), a reusable grocery bag that is not made of plastic film and that is made from any other natural or synthetic fabric, including, but not limited to, woven or nonwoven nylon, polypropylene, polyethylene-terephthalate, or Tyvek, shall satisfy all of the following: (1) It shall be sewn. (2) It shall be capable of carrying 22 pounds over a distance of 175 feet for a minimum of 125 uses. (3) It shall have a minimum fabric weight of at least 80 grams per square meter.
Stores Affected
“Store” means a retail establishment that meets any of the following requirements: (1) A full-line, self-service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000) or more that sells a line of dry groceries, canned goods, or nonfood items, and some perishable items. (2) Has at least 10,000 …view more
Fees Resusable grocery bag- fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 07/01/2015
Ordinance SB 270
Notes 09/30/2014 Statewide legislation was passed. Compliance by dates are as follows: July 1, 2015, a store, as defined in paragraph (1) or (2) of subdivision (g) of Section 42280 (see type of retailer section). July 1, 2016, a store, as defined in paragraph (3), (4), or (5) of subdivision (g) of Section 42280. 6/17/2014 Scheduled for a hearing early July for the Assembly Appropriations committee. If passed it will move to the Assembly floor for a full vote. 05/14/2014 SB 270 was heard on the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and passed 5-3. It now advances to the Assembly Appropriations committee. 01/31/2014 SB 270 is pending in the Assembly Labor Committee and expected to move forward to the House for review. 5/30/2013 Vote held on Senate floor for SB 405. The bill did no make it off the Senate floor. The vote was 18-17. They needed 21 votes. 4/17/2013 SB405 passed the Senate Environment Quality Committee- it now heads to the appropriation committees. Would ban plastic bags in grocery stores and drug stores statewide and allow stores to sell paper and reusable bags in California.
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Updated September 30, 2014

Alameda

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/24/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store is defined as: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) A store of at least 10,000 square feet of …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2013
Ordinance 2012-2
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Updated January 17, 2013

Arcata

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Status Approved
Status Date 12/05/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store is defined as: (1) A “Supermarket”, which means a full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) “Large Stores” means over 10,000 …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag starting 8/1/2014
Compliance Date 02/01/2014
Ordinance 1434
Notes 11/21/2013 Held meeting on 11/21, scheduled 2nd reading of the ordinance for 12/4/2013. 9/5/2013 Approved its first reading of the ordinance- waiting on date for second reading.
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Updated December 05, 2013

Arroyo Grande

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Status Approved
Status Date 10/01/2012
Plastic Summary Banned
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
Store is defined as: (1) A “Supermarket”, which means a full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) “Large Stores” means over 10,000 …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag.
Compliance Date 09/01/2012
Ordinance 2012-1
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Updated April 20, 2012

Atascadero

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/10/2012
Plastic Summary Banned
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
Store is defined as: (1) A “Supermarket”, which means a full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) “Large Stores” means over 10,000 …view more
Fees Supermarket, Big Box, Pharmacy and Convenienc
Compliance Date 09/01/2012
Ordinance 2012-1
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Updated April 20, 2012

Belmont

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/08/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
Retail establishments. Retail establishment means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or non perishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food and personal items directly to the consumer: and is located with or doing business within the geographical limits of the County of San Mateo. Retail does not include …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag for 2012, $0.25 per
Compliance Date 04/22/2013
Ordinance 04637
Notes 11/27/2012 introduced bag ordinance at council meeting. SEE SAN MATEO COUNTY passed their ordinance on 11/6/2012 and this city can use it to move forward on their own ordinance.
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Updated January 13, 2013

Belvedere

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Status Approved
Status Date 06/09/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store is defined as: (1) A “Supermarket”, which means a full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) “Large Stores” means over 10,000 …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag resusable bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2015
Ordinance Municipal Code: 8.06
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Updated December 22, 2014

Berkeley

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/24/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store is defined as: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) A store of at least 10,000 square feet of …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2013
Ordinance 2012-2
Notes See Alameda County
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Updated January 17, 2013

Brisbane

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/18/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
Retail establishments. Retail establishment means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or non perishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food and personal items directly to the consumer: and is located with or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of Brisbane. Retail does not include public …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag , $0.25 per bag in
Compliance Date 04/22/2013
Ordinance 580
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Updated March 19, 2013

Burbank

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Status Pending
Ordinance 323 Chapter 9.28
Updated February 16, 2012

Burlingame

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/18/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
Retail establishments. Retail establishment means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or non perishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food and personal items directly to the consumer: and is located with or doing business within the geographical limits of the County of San Mateo. Retail does not include …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag , $0.25 per bag in
Compliance Date 04/22/2013
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Updated March 19, 2013

Calabasas

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/09/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store is defined as: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) A store of at least 10,000 square feet of …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2012
Ordinance 2011-282
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Updated April 12, 2012

Calistoga

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Status Approved
Status Date 08/05/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected Foodmarts, convenient stores, farmers markets and stores that hold a Type 20 and Type 21 off sales alcoholic beverage licenses and restaurants and any other businesses that receives 50% or more of their revenue from the sale of prepared food to be eaten off premises.
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2015
Ordinance 703
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Updated August 05, 2014

Campbell

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Status Approved
Status Date 07/18/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
Retail establishments. Retail establishment means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or non perishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food and personal items directly to the consumer: and is located with or doing business within the geographical limits of the County of San Mateo. Retail does not include …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag, $0.25 per bag in 20
Compliance Date 01/27/2014
Ordinance 2171
Notes 11/06/2012: SEE SAN MATEO COUNTY passed their ordinance on 11/6/2012 and this city can use it to move forward on their own ordinance. 4/2012 considering plastic bag ban in 2012- also see West Valley.
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Updated July 19, 2013

Capitola

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/10/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected “Retail Establishment” or “retail store” means all sales outlets, stores, shops, restaurants, vehicles, or other places of business located within the City of Capitola, which operate primarily to sell or convey goods, directly to the ultimate consumer.
Fees Paper Fee: $0.25 per bag
Compliance Date 04/10/2013
Ordinance 977
Notes 12/13/2012 meeting held to review ordinance. Vote will take place in early January 2013. City Council will consider a first reading of the bag ordinance. If approved, the ordinance must go through another reading before it is adopted. The ordinance would ban plastic bags and require an initial 10 cent charge per paper bag in all retail stores and restaurants. See the agenda report and ordinance (Item 9E).
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Updated September 03, 2013

Carmel

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Status Approved
Status Date 07/03/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary None
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuses and is either made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick and is suitable for reuse.
Stores Affected
No retail establishment that sells perishables and non perishable goods including but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer. Public eating establishments defined as restaurants, take out food establishments, or any other business that receives 90% or more of its revenues from the sale of …view more
Fees None
Compliance Date 01/03/2013
Ordinance 2012-4
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Updated July 03, 2012

Carpentaria

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/12/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirement: No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
“Commercial Establishment” means any person, including any corporation, partnership, business, facility, vendor, organization or individual located in or doing business within the City of Carpentaria that sells or provides perishable or non- perishable goods. “Large Commercial Establishments” is a commercial establishment with over $5,000,000 in annual gross retail volume, as …view more
Fees None
Compliance Date 07/2012
Ordinance 655
Notes Comply dates: 7/2012 for large grocery. 4/2013 all others.
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Updated April 01, 2012

Chico

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Status Pending
Status Date 05/20/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
Store is defined as: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) A store of at least 10,000 square feet of …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2015
Notes 4/1/2014 Had a first reading and approved. Second reading scheduled for early May. 9/5/2012 moving forward now that AB 298 did not go to a vote. 3/8/2012 The City Council voted to start working a plastic bag ban.
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Updated May 20, 2014

City of Beverly Hills

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/22/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the unincorporated area of the County: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 07/01/2014
Ordinance 14-O-2658
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Updated June 02, 2014

City of Marina

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Status Approved
Status Date 08/19/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
Paper Summary Requirements: Recycled Paper Bag means a bag that contains no old growth fiber and a minimum of 40 percent post-consumer recycled content, is 100 percent recyclable, and has printed in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag the words “Reusable” and Recyclable, the name and location of the manufacturer, and the percentage of postconsumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured to be reused at least 125 times and that is either (1) made of cloth or other washable natural or synthetic fibers that can be cleaned and disinfected, or, (2) made from plastic film that is at least four (4.0) mils thick and capable of being cleaned and disinfected.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer and that is located within or doing business within the City. The term “Retail Establishment” includes farmers’ markets. The term “Retail Establishment” does not …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 02/19/2015
Ordinance Chapter 8.60
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Updated August 20, 2014

City of Napa

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Status Approved
Status Date 08/15/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: “Recycled Paper Bag” means a paper bag provided by a Retail Establishment to a Customer in accordance with this Chapter, at the check stand, cash register, point of sale, or other point of departure for the purpose of transporting merchandise out of the establishment that contains no old growth fiber and a minimum of forty percent (40%) Post-consumer Recycled Material; is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable; and has printed in a manner on the outside of the bag the word “Recyclable”, the name and location of the manufacturer, and the percentage of Post-consumer Recycled content.
Reusable Definition “Reusable Bag” means either a bag made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag with handles that is at least 2.25 mil thick and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.
Stores Affected “Retail Establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells Merchandise at retail directly to the Customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of Napa. Retail Establishment does not include Public Eating Establishments.
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag for 2012, $0.25 per bag in 2016
Compliance Date 01/01/2015
Ordinance 02014
Notes 7/23/2014 approved first reading of a city wide ban on bags. 6/4/2014 Finished series of meetings. First reading planned for July 22 .
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Updated August 14, 2014

Clovedale

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/19/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the County of Sonoma. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating establishments …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 09/01/2014
Ordinance 2014-02
Updated February 27, 2014

Coachella Valley County

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Status Pending
Notes 2/24/2014 they passed a model draft of an ordinance. 10/16/2013 Currently reviewing an ordiance for the county similar to SanMateo.
Updated March 08, 2014

Colma

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/09/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
Retail establishments. Retail establishment means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or non perishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food and personal items directly to the consumer: and is located with or doing business within the geographical limits of the County of San Mateo. Retail does not include …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag , $0.25 per bag in
Compliance Date 04/22/2013
Ordinance 716
Notes 11/06/2012: SEE SAN MATEO COUNTY passed their ordinance on 11/6/2012 and this city can use it to move forward on their own ordinance.
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Updated January 13, 2013

Contra Costa

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Status Pending
Updated April 22, 2012

Cotari

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/19/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the County of Sonoma. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating establishments …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 09/01/2014
Ordinance 2014-02
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Updated February 27, 2014

Culver City

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Status Pending
Updated April 22, 2012

Cupertino

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/05/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
Retail establishments. Retail establishment means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or non perishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food and personal items directly to the consumer: and is located within or doing business within the City of Cupertino. Retail does not include public eating establishments or nonprofit …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 10/01/2013
Ordinance 13-2120
Notes 01/27/2013 2nd reading for approval is scheduled for Feb 5. 11/06/2012: SEE SAN MATEO COUNTY passed their ordinance on 11/6/2012 and this city can use it to move forward on their own ordinance. 3/20/2012 working with the County of Mateo to be part of their bag ban.
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Updated March 18, 2013

Daly City

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Status Approved
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
Retail establishments. Retail establishment means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or non perishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food and personal items directly to the consumer: and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of Daly City. Retail does not include …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag, $0.25 per bag in 2
Compliance Date 04/22/2013
Ordinance 1364
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Updated April 15, 2013

Dana Point City

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/06/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected “Retail Establishment” means any commercial business facility that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer including but not limited to Grocery Stores, Pharmacies, liquor stores, and “mini-marts.” The term “Retail Establishment” shall also include any retail store, Vendor, and Non-Profit Vendor selling clothing, food or personal items.
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 04/01/2013
Ordinance 12-4 Title 6 Chapter 6.47
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Updated April 20, 2012

Danville

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Status Pending
Status Date 12/16/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected No retail or public eating establishment. Retail establishment means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or non perishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food and personal items directly to the consumer: and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the Town of Danville.
Fees None
Compliance Date 07/01/2015
Ordinance 2014-11
Notes 11/18/2014 Final reading will be on December 16, 2014. Because they had passed the initial reading before the September 1 deadline set by SB 270- they can proceed with this.
Updated December 17, 2014

Davis City

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Status Approved
Status Date 11/12/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
“Applicable Business” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable and nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food and personal items directly to the Customer, and is located within or doing business within the geographical city limits of the City of Davis. Retail Establishments Nonprofit Charitable Reuser organizations but …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 07/01/2014
Ordinance 2422
Notes 9/1/2013 In process of writing an ordinance. 3/26/2012 Approved and voted to continue working on ordinance for bag ban. Final reading of ordinance is not scheduled until August 2012.
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Updated December 10, 2013

Desert Hot Springs

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/18/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store is defined as: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) A store of at least 10,000 square feet of …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 04/22/2014
Updated March 18, 2014

East Palo Alto

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Status Approved
Status Date 04/02/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
Retail establishments. Retail establishment means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or non perishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food and personal items directly to the consumer: and is located within or doing business within the City of East Palo Alto. Retail does not include public eating establishments …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag, $0.25 per bag in 2
Compliance Date 10/02/2013
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Updated April 15, 2013

El Cerrito

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Status Approved
Status Date 09/17/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
“Retail Establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable and nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food and personal items directly to the Customer, and is located within or doing business within the geographical city limits of the City of El Cerrito. Retail Establishments do not include Restaurants …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.05 per bag
Compliance Date 07/01/2014
Ordinance 2013-2667
Notes 9/11/2013 second reading for later this month. 8/26/2013 First reading approved, second reading will take place in Sept. 2013. 8/20/2013 Meeting for review.
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Updated September 17, 2013

Encinitas

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Status Approved
Status Date 09/10/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means a bag with handles that is specially designed and manufactured for reuse and meets all of the following requirements: (1) has a minimum lifetime of one hundred and twenty-five (125) uses, which for purposes of this subsection, means the capability of carrying a minimum of twenty-two (22) pounds one-hundred and twenty-five (125) times over a distance of at least one-hundred and seventy-five (175) feet; (2) has a minimum volume of fifteen (15) liters; (3) is machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected; (4) does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts, as defined by applicable state and federal standards and regulations for packaging or reusable bags; and (5) if made of plastic, is a minimum of at least two and one-quarter (2.25) mils thick.
Stores Affected
Retail establishment means any person, including a corporation, partnership, business, facility, vendor, organization or individual, that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials, including, without limitation, clothing, food, or personal item of any kind, directly to a consumer. Retail establishment includes, without limitation, any grocery store, department store, hardware store, …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 03/10/2015
Ordinance 2014-08
Notes 9/2012014 First reading approved, waiting on second reading. 11/21/2013 Moving forward with a local ordinance to ban plastic bags. Ordinance will be ready in early 2014.
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Updated September 16, 2014

Fairfax

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Status Approved
Status Date 11/04/2008
Plastic Summary Banned
Paper Summary Requirements: 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse is either made of cloth or other machine washable fabric.
Stores Affected
All stores (a public establishment devoted exclusively to retail sales of a commodity or commodities), shops (devoted primarily to the sale of a service or a product or products), eating places(a retail establishment primarily engaged in the sale of prepared food and drinks for consumption on the premises), food vendors …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 2008
Ordinance Fairfax Code- Chapter 8.18, Section 8.18.010-8.18.100
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Updated May 31, 2012

Fort Bragg

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/14/2010
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary Requirements: No old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected A retail establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods, licensed to do business in the City. The term Store does not include a Public Eating Establishment.
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 12/10/2012
Ordinance 903-2012
Notes 4/1/2012 Moving forward with proposal for bag ban and $0.10 fee on paper bags. Final reading scheduled for May 14th.
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Updated May 15, 2012

Foster City

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/08/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the city of Foster City. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag for 2012, $0.25 per
Compliance Date 04/22/2013
Ordinance 571
Notes 11/06/2012: SEE SAN MATEO COUNTY passed their ordinance on 11/6/2012 and this city can use it to move forward on their own ordinance. 3/11/2012- Currently working on their EIR. This is for the county but others cities are join in (these are listed as pending: Belmont, East Pala Alto, Foster, Pacific Grove, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, Woodside).
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Updated September 03, 2013

Fremont

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/24/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store is defined as: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) A store of at least 10,000 square feet of …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag through 2014, $0.25
Compliance Date 01/01/2013
Ordinance 2012-2
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Updated January 17, 2013

Glendale

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/22/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store is defined as: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) A store of at least 10,000 square feet of …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag.
Compliance Date 07/01/2013
Ordinance 5790
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Updated April 16, 2013

Gonzales

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Status Approved
Status Date 08/07/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary Requirements: A “recycled content paper bag” is defined as a bag that contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) post-consumer recycled content, is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable, and has printed in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag the words “reusable” and “recyclable”, the name and location of the manufacturer, and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition A “reusable bag” is defined as a bag made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag with handles that is at least four (4) mils thick and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.
Stores Affected
No retail establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer shall provide a single-use carryout bag to a customer at the check stand, cash register, point of sale or other point of departure for the purpose of …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.25 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2015
Ordinance 2014-79
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Updated August 07, 2014

Grass Valley

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Status Approved
Status Date 08/26/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of Grass Valley. “Retail establishment” does not include a restaurant, …view more
Fees None
Compliance Date 01/01/2015
Ordinance 753
Notes 6/2014 started the process of reviewing a possible bag ban.
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Updated December 11, 2014

Greenfield

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Status Approved
Status Date 08/12/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4 mils
Paper Summary Requirements: A “recycled paper bag” is defined as a bag that contains no old growth fiber and a minimum of 40 percent post-consumer recycled content, is 100 percent recyclable, and has printed in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag the words “reusable” and “recyclable”, the name and location of the manufacturer, and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition A “reusable bag” is defined as a bag made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag with handles that is at least 4 mils thick and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.
Stores Affected A “retail establishment” is defined as any commercial establishment, including farmers market and similar establishment, that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer.
Fees Paper Fee: $0.25 per bag
Compliance Date 02/12/2015
Ordinance 505
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Updated August 15, 2014

Grover Beach

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Status Approved
Status Date 04/20/2012
Plastic Summary Banned
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
Store means a retail establishment within San Luis Obispo County that provides carryout bags to its customers as a result of the sale of a product and that meets any of the following requirements: : (1) A “Supermarket”, which means a full line, self service retail store with gross annual …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 09/01/2012
Ordinance 2012-1
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Updated April 20, 2012

Half Moon Bay

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Status Approved
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
“Retail Establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable and nonperishable goods, including but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer: and is located within or doing business within the geographic limits of the City of Half Moon Bay. The term “Retail Establishment” shall also …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag, $0.25 per bag in 2
Compliance Date 04/22/2013
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Updated March 04, 2013

Haywood

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/24/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store is defined as: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) A store of at least 10,000 square feet of …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2013
Ordinance 2012-2
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Updated January 17, 2013

Headlsburg

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/19/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the County of Sonoma. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating establishments …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 09/01/2014
Ordinance 2014-02
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Updated February 27, 2014

Hercules

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Status Approved
Status Date 09/14/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and meets all of the following requirements: (1) has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses, which for purposes of this subsection, means the capability of carrying a minimum of 22 pounds 125 times over a distance of at least 175 feet;; (3) is machine washable or capable of being cleaned and disinfected; (4) does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts as defined by applicable State and Federal standards and regulations for packaging or reusable bags (5) if made of plastic, is a minimum of at least 2.25 mils thick.
Stores Affected
“Retail Establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable and nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food and personal items directly to the Customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical city limits of the City of Hercules. Retail Establishments does not include Public Eating …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 03/10/2015
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Updated September 14, 2014

Humboldt County

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Status Pending
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected See ordinance for full description
Fees Paper Fee: $0.05 per bag
Notes 7/28/2014 Voted to relook at bag legislation. Will start working on this and will look at mirroring the SB270 which is currently being reviewed by the state. Note: Arcata is the only city in this county that has its own ordnance. This is through their Waste Management Authority.
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Updated July 28, 2014

Huntington Beach

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Status Approved
Status Date 04/01/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store located within Huntington Beach that be affected by the proposed ordinance include the following: (1) full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 11/01/2013
Ordinance 3975
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Updated April 20, 2012

Indio

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/15/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store located within Huntington Beach that be affected by the proposed ordinance include the following: (1)full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/15/2015
Ordinance 1653
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Updated December 22, 2014

Inglewood

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Status Pending
Updated April 20, 2012

Irvine City

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Status Pending
Updated September 05, 2012

King City

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Status Approved
Status Date 09/14/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick and Specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 4.0 thick.
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2015
Ordinance 2014-711
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Updated December 05, 2014

LA County

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Status Approved
Status Date 11/16/2010
Plastic Summary Requirements: Reusable bags 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the unincorporated area of the County: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2012
Ordinance Title 12 Section 1 Chapter 12.85
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Updated July 23, 2012

Lafayette

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Status Approved
Status Date 12/08/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected Retail Establishment means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business withiafayette. “Retail Establishments” do not include Public Eating Establishments or Nonprofit Charitable Reusers.
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 07/01/2015
Ordinance 626
Notes 10/14/2014 Held City council meeting, they have a resolution in place that they have until Dec 31, 2014 to implement their own ordinance, if not implemented, they will need to follow SB 270. They are currently using Walnut Creek as a model with some changes to be voted on in November.
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Updated December 10, 2014

Laguna Beach

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/18/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Retail establishments, grocery stores and pharmacies. “Retail establishment” means any person, including a corporation, partnership, business, facility, vendor, organization or individual, that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials, including, without limitation, clothing, food, or personal item of any kind, directly to a consumer. Retail establishment includes, without limitation, any …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2013
Ordinance Laguna Beach Title 7, chapter 7.21
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Updated April 12, 2012

Larkspur

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/07/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store located within Huntington Beach that be affected by the proposed ordinance include the following: (1)full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 11/01/2014
Ordinance 996
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Updated December 22, 2014

Long Beach

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/17/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the City of Long Beach: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2012
Ordinance 11-0009
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Updated April 13, 2012

Los Altos

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/12/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of Los Altos. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag, $0.25 per bag in
Compliance Date 07/04/2013
Ordinance 2013-390
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Updated March 19, 2013

Los Angeles

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Status Approved
Status Date 06/18/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the City of Los Angeles: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag.
Compliance Date 01/01/2014
Ordinance 182604
Notes 6/28/2013: The Mayor has signed the new legislation. 6/25/2013. The file has been sent to the Mayors office for signature. He has until July 5, 2013 to act. City Council has approved new bag legislation. The bill still needs the mayor’s signature, which is expected to happen in early July. The new law would impact grocery stores, convenient stores, pharmacy/drug stores and large format stores (with food). Plastic bags would be required to be 2.25ml thick and have specific testing requirements. Paper would be required to contain 40% PCW (no OGF and be recyclable) and would carry a $0.10 fee per bag. Stores would also be required to provide or make available for sale a “reusable” bag (poly or fabric). 5/23/2013 LA just elected a new mayor that may change this issue. The Bureau of Sanitation just released the final EIR. 1/16/2013 The City’s Bureau of Sanitation is currently charged with complying an EIR for the ban ordinance and reporting back to the city later this year. LA CITY COUNCIL VOTED: MAY 23, 2012 to implement a ban. They are now in the process of writing an official ordinance.
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Updated July 31, 2013

Los Gatos

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Status Approved
Status Date 09/03/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Reusable bag means either a bag made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag with handles that is at least 2.25 mil thick and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse. and manufactured for multiple reuse. A garment bag may meet the above criteria regardless of whether it has handles or not.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of Los Gatos. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.25 per bag.
Compliance Date 02/03/2014
Ordinance 2219
Notes 8/26/2013 First reading approved. Second reading scheduled for September 2013. 8/19/2013 Meeting held to vote on proposal. 11/06/2012: SEE SAN MATEO COUNTY passed their ordinance on 11/6/2012 and this city can use it to move forward on their own ordinance. 4/2012 considering a ban in 2012- also see West Valley.
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Updated October 16, 2013

Malibu

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/27/2008
Plastic Summary Requirements: Plastic 2.25 millimeters thick
Paper Summary Requirements: 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses and is either (1) made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, or (2) made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 millimeters thick.
Stores Affected
No affected retail establishment, restaurant, vendor or nonprofit vendor shall provide plastic bags or compostable plastic bags to customers. “Affected retail establishment” means any retail establishment located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the city of Malibu. “Retail establishment” means any commercial business facility that sells goods …view more
Compliance Date 2008
Ordinance Malibu Code- Title 9 Chapter 9.28
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Updated September 09, 2013

Manhattan Beach

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Status Approved
Status Date 07/15/2008
Plastic Summary Banned
Paper Summary Requirements: 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuses and is either made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; or made of other durable material suitable for reuse.
Stores Affected
No Affected Retail Establishment, Restaurant, Vendor or Non-Profit Vendor shall provide Plastic Carry-Out Bags to customers at the point of sale. Reusable Bags and Recyclable Paper Bags are allowed alternatives. “Affected Retail Establishment” means any retail establishment located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of …view more
Fees None
Compliance Date 01/14/2012
Ordinance 2115
Notes 7/1/2012 all large. 12/31/2012 all others.
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Updated April 12, 2012

Marin County

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/25/2011
Plastic Summary Banned
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Be made and manufactured to withstand repeated uses over a period of time. Be made from a material that can be cleaned and disinfected. Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the unincorporated area of the County: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.05 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2012
Ordinance 3553
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Updated April 13, 2012

Martinez City

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Status Approved
Status Date 06/18/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
“Retail Establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to a Customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of Martinez. Retail Establishment does not include Nonprofit Charitable Reuser …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag, $0.25 per bag if City Council choses to review.
Compliance Date 01/01/2015
Ordinance 1381
Notes 11/4/2013 Meeting scheduled later this month to discuss on single use bag ban. If approved- city will move forward with writing an ordinance and getting approval in 2014.
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Updated June 19, 2014

Mendocino County

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Status Approved
Status Date 06/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected “Store” means a retail establishment, other than a Certified Farmer’s Market, that sells perishable or nonperishable goods, licensed to do business in the County, except Public Eating Establishments.
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/17/2013
Notes 05/01/2014: Mendocino is approved a first reading of adding restaurants to their current ordinance, a second reading is scheduled for the end of the month. 5/21/2012 Final Draft of EIR submitted and draft of ordinance. Still pending.
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Updated February 19, 2014

Mendocino County – Unincorporated

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Status Approved
Status Date 06/01/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected “Store” means a retail establishment, other than a Certified Farmer’s Market, that sells perishable or nonperishable goods, licensed to do business in the County, except Public Eating Establishments.
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/07/2013
Notes 2/19/2014 Mendocino is approved a first reading of adding restaurants to their current ordinance. Reading scheduled for the end of the month. http://www.mendorecycle.org/bags.html
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Updated June 19, 2014

Menlo Park

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/22/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the County of San Mateo. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag, $0.25 per bag in 2
Compliance Date 04/22/2013
Notes 11/06/2012: SEE SAN MATEO COUNTY passed their ordinance on 11/6/2012 and this city can use it to move forward on their own ordinance.
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Updated January 26, 2013

Mill Valley

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Status Approved
Status Date 10/21/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the unincorporated area of the County: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.05 per bag.
Compliance Date 04/22/2014
Notes 9/11/2013 Had first reading late last month. Scheduled to have second reading later this month.
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Updated October 23, 2013

Millbrae City

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/14/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the city of Millbrae. “Retail establishment” does not include food vendors, dry …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag.
Compliance Date 09/01/2012
Ordinance Title 6, Chapter 6.05
Notes 11/06/2012: SEE SAN MATEO COUNTY passed their ordinance on 11/6/2012 and this city can use it to move forward on their own ordinance.
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Updated November 06, 2012

Milpitas

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Status Pending
Notes 11/06/2012: SEE SAN MATEO COUNTY passed their ordinance on 11/6/2012 and this city can use it to move forward on their own ordinance.
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Updated November 06, 2012

Monrovia

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Status Approved
Status Date 07/01/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
The term “Store” refers to any of the following retail establishments located within the City: (1) A full-line, self-service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or nonfood items and some perishable items; (2) A …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 07/31/2014
Ordinance 2014-05
Notes 6/17/2014 was first reading, Final adoption scheduled for July 1st.
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Updated July 01, 2014

Monterey

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Status Approved
Status Date 12/06/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A reusable bag is defined as a bag made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag with handles that is at least 2.25 mils thick.
Stores Affected
No retail establishment, that sells perishable or non perishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food and personal items directly to the customer. Public eating establishments, defined as restaurants, take out food establishments, or any other business that receives 90% or more of its revenue from the sale of …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag; raises to $.25 6/1
Compliance Date 06/01/2012
Ordinance Monterey Code CH 14, Article 4, Sections 14-21
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Updated April 12, 2012

Monterey County

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Status Pending
Notes 9/20/2014 First draft approved, need second reading and approval. 9/11/2013 Currently moving forward with an EIR and draft ordinance
Updated August 21, 2014

Morgan Hill City

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Status Approved
Status Date 10/03/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: “Recyclable paper carryout bag” means a paper bag that meets all of the following requirements: (1) is one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall and contains a minimum of forty percent (40%) post-consumer recycled material; (2) is capabl
Reusable Definition “Reusable bag” means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and meets all of the following requirements: (1) meets the EcoLogo ATP-001 standard for durability Dynamic Test with a minimum of 1500 cycles of testing; (2) meets the EcoLogo ATP-001 standard for durability Capacity Test with a minimum volume of 15 liters; (3) is machine washable or is made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected; (4) does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts as determined by testing using State methods following the Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation; (5) has printed on the bag, or on a tag that is permanently affixed to the bag, the name of the manufacturer, the location (country) where the bag was manufactured, a statement that the bag does not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts, and the percentage of postconsumer recycled material used, if any; and (6) if made of plastic, is a minimum of at least 2.25 mils thick as measured according to ASTM D6988-08 or ISO 4593-1993 or ISO 4591:1992 standards.
Stores Affected
“Store” means any of the following retail establishments located within the City limits of the City of Morgan Hill: (1) A full-line, self-service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or nonfood items and some …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 04/22/2014
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Updated October 09, 2013

Morro Bay

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/10/2012
Plastic Summary Banned
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
Store means a retail establishment within San Luis Obispo County that provides carryout bags to its customers as a result of the sale of a product and that meets the following requirement definitions: (1) A “Supermarket”, which means a full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag.
Compliance Date 09/01/2012
Ordinance 2012-1
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Updated April 20, 2012

Mountain View

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Status Approved
Status Date 12/11/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of Mountain View. “Retail establishment” does not include food vendors, …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag for 2012, $0.25 per
Compliance Date 04/22/2013
Ordinance Article IV to CH 16
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Updated January 25, 2013

Napa County

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Status Pending
Notes Planning on first reading in Jume 2014
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Updated May 14, 2014

Nevada City

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Status Approved
Status Date 06/25/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
Retail establishment means any person, including any corporation, partnership, business facility, vendor, organization or individual that sells or provides merchandise, duos or materials, including, without limitation clothing, food or personal items of any kind, directly to customer. Retail Establishments include, without limitation, any grocery store, department store, hardware store, pharmacy, …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2015
Ordinance 2014-XX
Notes 3/8/2014 Is currently working on an ordinance similar to Truckee, CA. It plans to vote and adopt in July 2014.
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Updated June 25, 2014

Nevada County

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Status Pending
Notes 6/2014 started the process of reviewing a plastic bag ban
Updated June 21, 2014

Novato

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/20/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
No Stores. Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the City of Sausalito: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 04/20/2014
Ordinance 1590
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Updated April 05, 2014

Oakland

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/24/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected See ordinance for full description.
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2013
Ordinance 2012-2
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Updated January 17, 2012

Ojai City

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Status Approved
Status Date 04/11/2012
Plastic Summary Requirement: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition A reusable bag is defined as a bag made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag with handles that is at least 2.25 mils thick.
Stores Affected
“Retail Establishment” means any person, including any corporation, partnership, business, facility, vendor, organization or individual that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials including without limitation, clothing, food or personal items of any kind directly to the customer. Retail establishment includes without limitation, grocery store, department store, hardware store, pharmacy, …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag.
Compliance Date 07/01/2012
Ordinance 817 Title 5, Chapter 13
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Updated April 22, 2012

Pacific Grove

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Status Approved
Status Date 08/20/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 mil
Paper Summary Requirements: “Recycled paper bag” is defined as a bag that contains no old growth fiber and a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content, is 100% recyclable, and has printed in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag the words “Reusable” and “Recyclable”, the name and location of the manufacturer, and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
Reusable Definition “Reusable bag” means any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse, and is either: (1) made of cloth or other washable woven fabric, or (2) made of durable material that is at least 4.0 mils thick that can be cleaned or disinfected at least 125 times. A “reusable bag” may be made of recyclable plastic such as high density polyethylene (HDPE), low density polyethylene (LDPE), or polypropylene.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” or “retail store” means all sales outlets, stores, shops, vehicles, or other places of business located within the City of Pacific Grove that operate primarily to sell or convey goods directly to the ultimate consumer. Restaurants, as defined herein, are exempt from the requirements of this Chapter. Also …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 03/01/2015
Ordinance 14- XXXXX
Notes 11/06/2012: SEE SAN MATEO COUNTY passed their ordinance on 11/6/2012 and this city can use it to move forward on their own ordinance. 4/18/2012 meet to discuss a bag ban. This ban will include the unincorporated areas and the cities of Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Renhart Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma and Windsor) This is through the Waste Management.
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Updated August 26, 2014

Pacifica

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Status Approved
Status Date 12/10/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of Pacifica. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating establishments …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag for 2012, $0.25 per
Compliance Date 04/22/2013
Ordinance ORD-1
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Updated December 18, 2012

Palm Desert

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/09/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
Store is defined as: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) A store of at least 10,000 square feet of …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 04/01/2015
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Updated May 09, 2014

Palm Springs

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Status Approved
Status Date 04/02/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store is defined as: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) A store of at least 10,000 square feet of …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 05/02/2014
Ordinance 1848
Notes 3/20/2014 Passed first reading- currently scheduled for second reading on April 4,
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Updated April 10, 2014

Palo Alto

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/30/2009
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuses and is either made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick and is suitable for reuse.
Stores Affected Supermarkets means a full line, self service store within the City of Palo Alto with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000) or more which sells several lines of dry grocery, canned goods, perishable food, produce and meat and some non food items.
Fees None
Compliance Date 09/18/2009
Ordinance 5032
Notes 3/12/2013 approved 1st reading of an expansion to this current ordinance. It will include a fee on paper bags.
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Updated March 19, 2013

Pasadena

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Status Approved
Status Date 11/07/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store is defined as: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) A store of at least 10,000 square feet of …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 07/01/2012
Ordinance Pasadena Code Title 12, Section 1, Chapter 12.85
Notes Stores which meet any of the following criteria must comply by 7/1/2012:
(1) A full-line, self-service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or nonfooditems and some perishable items;
(2) A store of at least 10,000 square feet of retail space that generates sales or use tax pursuant to the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law (Part 1.5 (commencing with Section 7200) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code) and that has a pharmacy licensed pursuant to Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 4000) of Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code;Any Stores which meet the following criteria must comply by 12/31/2012:
(3) A drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, food mart, or other entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that includes milk, bread, soda, and snack foods, including those stores with a Type 20 or 21 license issued by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
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Updated April 12, 2012

Paso Robles

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/10/1012
Plastic Summary Banned
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
Store means a retail establishment within San Luis Obispo County that provides carryout bags to its customers as a result of the sale of a product and that meets the following requirement definitions: (1) A “Supermarket”, which means a full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag.
Compliance Date 09/01/2012
Ordinance 2012-1
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Updated April 20, 2012

Petaluma

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/19/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the County of Sonoma. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating establishments …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 09/01/2014
Ordinance 2014-02
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Updated February 27, 2014

Pico Rivera

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Status Approved
Status Date 10/28/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store located within Huntington Beach that be affected by the proposed ordinance include the following: (1)full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 07/01/2016
Ordinance 1088
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Updated December 01, 2014

Pinole

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Status Pending
Notes See West Contra Costa County
Updated August 23, 2012

Pismo Beach

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/10/2012
Plastic Summary Banned
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
Store means a retail establishment within San Luis Obispo County that provides carryout bags to its customers as a result of the sale of a product and that meets the following requirement definitions: (1) A “Supermarket”, which means a full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag.
Compliance Date 09/01/2012
Ordinance 2012-1
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Updated April 20, 2012

Pittsburg

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Status Approved
Status Date 10/21/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
“Retail Establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable and nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food and personal items directly to the Customer, and is located within or doing business within the geographical city limits of the City of El Cerrito. Retail Establishments do not include Restaurants …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag year one, $0.15 per
Compliance Date 01/15/2014
Ordinance 13-xxxx
Updated October 23, 2013

Pleasant Hills

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Status Approved
Status Date 08/04/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment. Any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to a Customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of Pleasant Hill or Public Eating Establishment. A restaurant, take-out food …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag, $0.25 per bag may be reviewed at a future date
Compliance Date 02/02/2015
Notes 7/14/2014 Approved an introduction of a plastic bag ordinance. Review and final adoption scheduled for the August 4th meeting.
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Updated August 04, 2014

Portola Valley

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/23/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the County of San Mateo. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag, $0.25 per bag in 2
Compliance Date 04/22/2013
Ordinance 2013-398
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Updated November 06, 2012

Redwood

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/25/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of Redwood City. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag , $0.25 per bag in
Compliance Date 10/01/2013
Ordinance 2393
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Updated March 28, 2012

Richmond

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/18/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected “Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of Richmond. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating establishments.
Fees Paper Fee: $0.05 per bag, $0.10 per bag in 20
Compliance Date 01/01/2014
Notes See West Contra Costa County
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Updated July 17, 2013

Rohnert Park CIty

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/19/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the County of Sonoma. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating establishments …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 09/01/2014
Ordinance 2014-02
Notes 1/14/2014 City Council for Rohnert Park City currently considering a plastic bag ban.
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Updated February 27, 2014

Ross

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Status Approved
Status Date 09/11/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store located within Huntington Beach that be affected by the proposed ordinance include the following: (1)full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 04/01/2015
Ordinance 656
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Updated December 11, 2014

Sacramento

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Status Pending
Notes 9/11/2013 In process of an Environmental review to see if they should move forward with an ordinance. As of May, Council is working on a second draft. They are expected to review the draft in June. See draft under other links. As of May, Council is working on a second draft. They are expected to review the draft in June. See draft under links.
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Updated September 11, 2013

Sacramento County

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Status Pending
Notes No ordinance drafted yet. Meeting was held 2/19/2013. They are starting work on an ordinance, they expext several month before they have on drafted for review.
Updated February 26, 2013

Saint Helena

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Status Approved
Status Date 08/26/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of Saint Helena. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2015
Notes Effective in large grocery stores 1/1/15, all other stores 7/1/15.
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Updated September 30, 2014

Salinas

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Status Approved
Status Date 08/27/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.00 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition “Reusable Bag” is defined as a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured to be reused at least 125 times and that is either (1) made of cloth or other washable natural or synthetic fibers that can be cleaned and disinfected, or (2) made from plastic film that shall be at least four (4.0) mils thick and capable of being cleaned and disinfected.
Stores Affected
“Retail Establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer and that is located within or doing business within the City of Salinas. The term “Retail Establishment” includes farmers’ markets. The term “Retail Establishment” …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 02/01/2015
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Updated September 30, 2014

San Anselmo

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Status Approved
Status Date 06/10/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store means a retail establishment within San Anselmo that provides carryout bags to its customers as a result of the sale of a product and that meets the following requirement definitions: (1) A “Supermarket”, which means a full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/01/2015
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Updated June 11, 2014

San Bruno

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/01/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of San Bruno. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag, $0.25 per bag in 2
Compliance Date 04/22/2013
Ordinance 1810
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Updated April 05, 2013

San Carlos

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Status Approved
Status Date 04/02/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the County of San Mateo. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag , $0.25 per bag in
Compliance Date 07/01/2013
Ordinance 1455
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Updated April 02, 2013

San Clemente

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Status Pending
Updated April 20, 2012

San Diego

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Status Pending
Notes 10/23/2013 Meeting help to review progress. Next step is preparation of the EIR. Ordiance not expected tobe presented until late 2014
Updated October 24, 2013

San Francisco

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/07/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
“Store: shall mean a retail establishment located within the geographical limits of the City and the County of San Francisco. A “retail establishment” includes any public commercial establishment engaged in the sale of personal consumer or household items to the customer who will use or consume such item. “Store” shall …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 10/01/2012
Ordinance San Francisco Code- Chapter 17, Section 1701
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Updated July 23, 2012

San Jose

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/11/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Reusable Bag means either a bag made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag with handles that is at least 2.25 mil thick and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of San Jose. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 01/12/2012
Ordinance 28877
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Updated April 13, 2012

San Luis Obispo

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/10/2012
Plastic Summary Banned
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
Store means a retail establishment within San Luis Obispo County that provides carryout bags to its customers as a result of the sale of a product and that meets the following requirement definitions: (1) A “Supermarket”, which means a full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag.
Compliance Date 09/01/2012
Ordinance 2012-1
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Updated April 20, 2012

San Mateo – Unincorporated

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Status Approved
Status Date 11/06/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the County of San Mateo. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag for 2012, $0.25 per
Compliance Date 04/22/2013
Ordinance 4637
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Updated November 08, 2012

San Mateo City

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/06/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of San Mateo. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag for 2012, $0.25 per
Compliance Date 06/06/2013
Ordinance 2013-7
Notes 10/29/2012 – San Manteo County is holding their first reading of their ordinance today. When approved it will be effective 4/23/2013. It could be voted on as early as Nov 6, 2012. 9/13/2012 – The county certified the Environmental impact report. It can be used for both the unincorporated and corporate cities and also some other cities in the neighboring Santa Clara County. First reading of the ordinance is scheduled for 10/23/2012 and the Second reading is scheduled for the following week. 8/15/2012 They currently had the comment period on the EIR. The County expects to have its ordinance out for review to the Board inOctober 2012. 5/21/2012- See link to letter of notice and highlights of proposed ordinances. Others cities are join in (these are listed as pending: Belmont, East Pala Alto, Foster, Pacific Grove, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, Woodside)
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Updated May 06, 2013

San Pablo

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Status Approved
Status Date 10/08/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the San Pablo. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating establishments or …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.05 per bag , $0.10 per bag in
Compliance Date 01/01/2014
Notes See West Contra Costa County
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Updated October 16, 2013

San Rafael

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Status Approved
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the the City of San Rafael: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Ordinance 1920
Notes 3/4/2012 currently under review.
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Updated March 04, 2014

San Ramon

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Status Pending
Updated April 20, 2012

Santa Barbara

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Status Approved
Status Date 10/15/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
(1) A store of at least 10,000 square feet of retail space that generates sales or use tax pursuant to the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law ( Part 1.5(commencing section 7200) of Division 2 of the Revenue And Taxation Code) and that has a pharmacy licensed pursuant …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag.
Compliance Date 04/01/2014
Notes Store compliance: 4/1/2014 in supermarkets and drug stores, 10/15/2014 in convenience stores
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Updated October 16, 2013

Santa Clara

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Status Approved
Status Date 08/19/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of Santa Clara. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 12/01/2014
Ordinance 1930
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Updated November 25, 2014

Santa Clara County

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Status Approved
Status Date 04/26/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
Store means a retail establishment that provides single-use carryout bags (including green carryout bags) to its customers as a result of the sale of a product. The following are excluded from the definition of “store”: restaurants, take-out food establishments, or any other businesses that receive 90% or more of their …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag for 2012, $0.25 per
Compliance Date 01/01/2012
Ordinance 517.77
Notes 9/26/2012 The Santa Cruz board voted to amend their existing ordinance to include restau
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Updated April 20, 2012

Santa Cruz

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Status Approved
Status Date 07/24/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and can be recycled in curb side program.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” or “retail store” means all sales outlets, stores, shops, vehicles or other businesses located within the City of Santa Cruz primarily to sell or convey goods, directly to the ultimate consumer. Restaurants, defined as an establishments whose principal business is the sale of prepared food for consumption either …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.25 per bag
Compliance Date 04/10/2013
Ordinance 2012-08
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Updated July 27, 2012

Santa Cruz County

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Status Approved
Status Date 09/13/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses and is either (1) made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, or (2) made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 millimeters thick.
Stores Affected “Retail establishment” or “retail store” means all sales outlets, stores, shops, restaurants, vehicles or other businesses located within the County of Santa Cruz primarily to sell or convey goods, directly to the ultimate consumer.
Fees Paper Fee: $0.25 per bag
Compliance Date 03/20/2012
Ordinance Santa Cruz Code Chapter 6.49
Notes 09/26/2012 The Santa Cruz board voted to amend their existing ordinance to include restaurants. 1st reading was approved. 2nd reading scheduled for 10/16/12. If approved will be effective 4/22/13
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Updated August 08, 2013

Santa Monica

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Status Approved
Status Date 01/25/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
No retail establishment, grocery store or pharmacy. “Retail Establishment” means any person, including any corporation, partnership, business, facility, vendor, organization or individual that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials including without limitation, clothing, food or personal items of any kind directly to the customer. Retail establishment includes without limitation, …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag.
Compliance Date 09/01/2011
Ordinance 2348
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Updated September 05, 2012

Santa Rosa

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Status Pending
Notes 4/18/2012 meet to discuss a bag ban. This ban will include the unincorporated areas and the cities of Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Renhart Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma and Windsor) This is through the Waste Management.
Updated January 22, 2014

Saratog

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Status Pending
Notes This is through the Solid Waste Management Agency will also include Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga
Updated April 20, 2012

Sausalito

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/18/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the the City of Sausalito: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 09/18/2014
Ordinance 1216
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Updated March 20, 2014

Scotts Valley

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Status Pending
Notes 4/18/2012 Meeting for discussion of ban
Updated April 20, 2012

Seaside

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Status Approved
Status Date 08/21/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition “Reusable Bag” is defined as a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured to be reused at least 125 times and that is either (1) made of cloth or other washable fabric, or, (2) made of durable, recyclable material that is at least four (4.0) mils thick that can be cleaned or disinfected at least 125 times. A “Reusable Bag” may be made of recyclable plastic such as high density polyethylene (HDPE), low density polyethylene (LDPE), or polypropylene.
Stores Affected
“Retail Establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer and that is located within or doing business within the City of Seaside. The term “Retail Establishment” includes farmers’ markets and special events. The …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 09/20/2015
Ordinance 8.62
Notes 9/14/2014 First reading approved, waiting an second reading.
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Updated December 16, 2014

Sebastopol

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/19/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the County of Sonoma. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating establishments …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 09/01/2014
Ordinance 2014-02
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Updated February 27, 2014

Sherman Oaks

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Status Pending
Updated April 20, 2012

Solana Beach

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/08/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
“Retail Establishment” means any person, including any corporation, partnership, business, facility, vendor, organization or individual that sells or provides merchandise, goods or materials including without limitation, clothing, food or personal items of any kind directly to the customer. Retail establishment includes without limitation, grocery store, department store, hardware store, pharmacy, …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 08/2012
Ordinance 435
Notes Ordinance up for vote first week of May 2012
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Updated June 26, 2012

Soledad

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Status Approved
Status Date 10/01/2015
Plastic Summary Requirements: 4.0 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition “Reusable Bag” is defined as a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured to be reused at least 125 times and that is either (1) made of cloth or other washable fabric, or, (2) made of durable, recyclable material that is at least four (4.0) mils thick that can be cleaned or disinfected at least 125 times. A “Reusable Bag” may be made of recyclable plastic such as high density polyethylene (HDPE), low density polyethylene (LDPE), or polypropylene.
Stores Affected
“Retail Establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer and that is located within or doing business within the City of Soledad. The term “Retail Establishment” includes farmers’ markets and special events. The …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 05/01/2015
Ordinance 686
Notes 8/20/2014 First draft approved, need second reading and approval
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Sonoma County

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/19/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the County of Sonoma. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating establishments …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 09/01/2014
Ordinance 2014-02
Notes 1/16/2014 Passed the first reading of the plastic bag ban for all the unicorporated areas. Feb 19th is the scheduled date for the second reading. 7/1/2013 They voted in June to continue moving forward. Another vote is expected in August 8/24/2012 Board approved for the Sonoma Waste Management to continue pursuit of a county wide legislation. They are currently drafting an ordinance. 4/18/2012 meet to discuss a bag ban. This ban will include the unincorporated areas and the cities of Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Renhart Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma and Windsor) This is through the Waste Management.
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Updated February 27, 2014

South Lake Tahoe

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Status Approved
Status Date 10/15/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: If made of plastic, is a minimum of at least 2.25 mils thick.
Paper Summary Requirements: A “Recycled paper bag” is defined as a bag that contains no old growth fiber and a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content, is 100% recyclable, and has printed in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag the word “Recyclable”,
Reusable Definition A “Reusable carry-out bag” is defined as a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and meets all of the following requirements: (1) Has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses (2) Is machine washable or is made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected. (3) Meets the standards of the California Toxics in Packaging Prevention Act (Cal. Health & Safety Code 25214.11-25214.26), as amended, or any successor legislation, or complies with California Toxics in Packaging Act standards. (4) If made of plastic, is a minimum of at least 2.25 mils thick.
Stores Affected
“As of 1/15/2014: No grocer, food vendor, or non-profit vendor that sells a line of staple food products, meats, produce, household supplies, dairy products, or other perishable items shall provide a plastic point of departure for the purpose of transporting food or merchandise out of the single-use carry-out bag to …view more
Compliance Date 04/01/2013
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Updated October 15, 2013

South Padre Island

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Status Approved
Plastic Summary Banned
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition No specific call out on ordinance.
Stores Affected “Business establishment” means any commercial enterprise that provides carry out bags to its customers, including sole proprietorship, joint venture, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity, whether for profit or not for profit, and includes all employees of the business or any independent contractors associated with the business.
Fees None
Compliance Date 01/01/2012
Ordinance 22-Nov
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Updated May 31, 2012

South Pasadena

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Status Pending
Updated April 20, 2012

South San Francisco

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Status Approved
Status Date 12/12/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the city of South San Francisco. “Retail establishment” does not include public …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag for 2012, $0.25 per
Compliance Date 04/22/2013
Notes 12/12/2012 Draft was approved. Ordnance should be posted soon on this website. 11/26/2012 They approved their first reading on 11/15/2012 and the second reading and adoption is scheduled for Dec 12, 2012.
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Updated December 19, 2012

St Helena

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Status Pending
Notes 8/14/2014 First reading approved, waiting on second reading. 7/24/2013 In their council meeting this week, they voted to start working on a draft for a bag ordinance.
Updated August 14, 2014

Sunnyvale

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Status Approved
Status Date 12/13/2011
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store means any of the following retail establishments located within the City limits of the City of Sunnyvale: (1) A full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag through 2012, $0.25
Compliance Date 06/30/2012
Ordinance 2965-11
Notes 6/30/2012 Grocery and convenience stores ad large retailers. March 2013 all others.
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Updated April 12, 2012

Tiburon

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Status Approved
Status Date 09/03/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically deigned and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Store located within Huntington Beach that be affected by the proposed ordinance include the following: (1)full line, self service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or non food items and some perishable items; (2) …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Ordinance 551
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Updated December 22, 2012

Truckee

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Status Approved
Status Date 11/25/2013
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the Town of Truckee. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating establishments …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 06/01/2014
Ordinance 2013-05
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Updated November 25, 2013

Ukiah

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Status Approved
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected Store: A retail establishment that routinely provides bags to Customers at the point of sale for items purchased there and which sells perishable and non perishable goods. The term Store does not include a Public Eating Establishment.
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 11/01/2012
Ordinance 3693
Notes Comply Dates: 11/1/2012 Large retailers and 11/1/2013 for all others.
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Updated May 09, 2012

Ventura City

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Status Pending
Notes 12/18/2013 Ventura City Council voted to start writing a ordinance banning plastic bags. As of 8/10/2012 The city has approved funds for an analysis of plastic bag impact on their city.
Updated December 24, 2013

Walnut Creek

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Status Approved
Status Date 03/20/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
Retail Establishment means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the City of Walnut Creek. “Retail Establishments” do not include Public Eating …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag through 2014, $0.15
Compliance Date 10/01/2014
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Updated March 20, 2014

Watsonville City

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Status Approved
Status Date 05/08/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements, must be accepted in curbside program.
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuses and is either made of cloth or other machine washable fabric; or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick and is suitable for reuse.
Stores Affected “Retail establishment” or “retail store” means all sales outlets, stores, shops, vehicles or other businesses located within the City of Watsonville, which operates primarily to sell or convey goods, directly to the ultimate consumer.
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag through 2013, $0.25
Compliance Date 09/08/2012
Ordinance 1284-12
Notes Currently reviewing to increase the thickness of reusable plastic from 2.25 to 4.0 mil. Will be voted on 2/25/2014.
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Updated February 19, 2014

West Contra Coast County

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Status Pending
Notes 1/18/2013 They released the EIR report. The public has until March 4, 2013 to comment. 9/14/2012 RecycleMore completed the environmental study and the public comment period on the study. They will now move forward with introducing the ordinance. No date given for the first readying yet. Currently completed an environmental study done by the waste management group- Recycle More. Cities in the county also part of this Hercules, El Cerrito, Pinole, Richmond and San Pablo. Report is currently open for public comment period until September 5, 2012. They will also hold 2 public hearings, first scheduled for 8/28/2012
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Updated January 03, 2013

West Hollywood

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Status Approved
Status Date 08/20/2012
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements
Reusable Definition Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial retail facility that sells goods or provides merchandise directly to the ultimate consumer, including, but not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, “mini marts”, clothing stores, newsstands, retail stores and vendors selling goods and merchandise from a kiosk (as that term is used in …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 02/20/2013
Ordinance 12-898
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Updated August 23, 2012

West Valley

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Status Pending
Notes This is through the Solid Waste Management Agency will also include Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga.
Updated April 20, 2012

Windsor

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Status Approved
Status Date 02/19/2014
Plastic Summary Requirements: 2.25 thick and Specific ID requirements.
Paper Summary Requirements: no old growth fiber, 100% recyclable, 40% minimum of PCW and specific ID requirements.
Reusable Definition Made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that is at least 2.25 mil thick with handles and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiply use. The bag shall not contain lead, cadmium or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts.
Stores Affected
“Retail establishment” means any commercial establishment that sells perishable or nonperishable goods including, but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the customer; and is located within or doing business within the geographical limits of the County of Sonoma. “Retail establishment” does not include public eating establishments …view more
Fees Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Compliance Date 09/01/2014
Ordinance 2014-02
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Updated February 27, 2014

Woodside

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Status Pending
Notes 11/06/2012: SEE SAN MATEO COUNTY passed their ordinance on 11/6/2012 and this city can use it to move forward on their own ordinance. 3/11/2012- Currently working on their EIR. This is for the county but others cities are join in (these are listed as pending: Belmont, East Pala Alto, Foster, Pacific Grove, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, Woodside).
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Updated November 06, 2012