Oct 1 - Plastic Bag Bans Take Effect This Week

Several plastic bag ordinances adopted by California communities earlier this year will take effect this week. These communities have taken decisive action to reduce plastic bag pollution and the resulting impacts to their economy and environment.

  • Redwood City, which adopted the San Mateo model ordinance (banning on single-use plastic bags and allowing small charge for paper bags) in March, will see its bag ban take effect today.
  • Cupertino passed a single-use bag ordinance in March. This ordinance bans distribution of single-use plastic bags at all retailers and allows a small charge for paper. That ordinance also takes effect today.
  • Dana Point adopted a single-use plastic bag ordinance in March, as well. The ordinance has already take effect for larger stores, but it applies to all stores beginning today.
  • The final phase of San Francisco’s landmark, first in the nation plastic bag ordinance, takes effect today. It restricts the distribution of single-use plastic bags at all restaurants and requires the use of compostable plastic, paper or reusable bags.
  • East Palo Alto adopted a single-use plastic bag ordinance back in April, which will take effect tomorrow.

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