SB 270 (Padilla, de León, and Lara, 2013-14) Single Use Grocery Bags

Phases out single-use plastic grocery bags. Reusable, paper, and (in certain jurisdictions) compostable plastic bags can only be distributed with a minimum 10 cent charge. Includes standards and incentives for plastic bag manufacturers to transition to making reusable bags.

Update: Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 270 into law!  

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 grocery bags in supermarkets and drugstores starting July 1, 2015. By July 1, 2016, smaller grocery stores and convenience stores must also comply with the requirements. Other bags (paper, reusable, and in some jurisdictions, compostable) are allowed only with a ten cent minimum charge. Local ordinances adopted before September 1, 2014, which currently cover a third of the state's population, would be protected under a grandfathering clause.

This bill also seeks to protect and create green jobs by creating standards and incentives for plastic bag manufacturers to transition to making reusable bags.

FAQ - Living Without Single-Use Plastic Grocery Bags

CAW Staff Contacts
Mark Murray (916) 443-5422

Sue Vang

    Current Language, Analyses and Votes 

    Senator Alex Padilla
    State Capitol
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Senator Kevin de León
    State Capitol
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Senator Ricardo Lara
    State Capitol
    Sacramento, CA 95814


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