SB 405 (Padilla) Single Use Carryout Bags

Prohibits stores from distributing single use plastic bags and allows the sale of reusable, paper, and (in certain jurisdictions) compostable plastic bags.

Position and Status
CAW Supports. On 5/30/13, the bill fell short of the 21 votes it needed to make it off of the Senate Floor, 18-17. Reconsideration granted. Please read a statement from Executive Director Mark Murray.

The total cost to manage plastic bag litter in our streets, our waterways, and even our recycling facilities and landfills amounts to millions being unnecessarily spent each year.

This bill seeks to reduce those costs by prohibiting single use plastic bags in supermarkets and drug stores starting January 1, 2015. By July 1, 2016, convenience stores must also comply with the requirements and all stores must sell certified reusable bags that have met specific performance standards.

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CAW Staff Contacts
Mark Murray (916) 443-5422
Sue Vang

Senator Alex Padilla
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Current Language, Analyses and Votes 


California Grocers Association
California Retailers Association
Green Chamber of Commerce
United Food & Commercial Workers Western States
Earthwise Bag Company, Inc.
Green Vets Los Angeles

Alameda County Waste Management Authority 
California State Association of Counties
Central Contra Costa County Solid Waste Authority
City and County of San Francisco
City of Arcata
City of Avenal
City of Clayton
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City of Encinitas
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City of Los Angeles, Council Member Paul Koretz
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County of Sonoma
Humboldt County Board of Supervisors
Humboldt Waste Management Authority
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Los Angeles County Integrated Waste Management Task Force
Marin County Hazardous & Solid Waste Management Joint Powers Authority
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
Santa Clara County Recycling & Waste Reduction Commission
State Lands Commission Staff

California Resource Recovery Association
Global Recycling Council
GreenWaste Recovery Inc.
Hidden Resources
Marin Sanitary Service
Northern California Recycling Association
Peninsula Sanitary Service, Inc.
Zanker Road Resource Management, Ltd.

California Association of Environmental Health Administrators
California Coastal Coalition
California Coastkeeper Alliance
Californians Against Waste
Clean Water Action
Ecology Action
Environment California
Green Sangha
Heal the Bay
La Mode Verte Productions
Napa Valley CanDo Environment Group
National Hispanic Environmental Council
Natural Resources Defense Council
Ocean Conservation Society
Pacifica Beach Coalition
Pacifica’s Environmental Family
Planning and Conservation League
Plastic Pollution Coalition
Save Our Shores
Seventh Generation Advisors
Sierra Club California
Surfrider Foundation
Team Marine – Santa Monica High School
The 5 Gyres Institute
Turtle Island Restoration Network
William C. Velazquez Institute
Zero Waste San Diego