SB 405 (Padilla, 2013-14) 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
    City of Culver City
    City of El Cerrito
    City of Encinitas
    City of Eureka
    City of Los Angeles, Council Member Paul Koretz
    City of Long Beach
    City of Mill Valley
    City of Nevada City
    City of Pacifica
    City of Palm Desert
    City of Palo Alto
    City of Rolling Hills Estates
    City of Sacramento
    City of San Francisco
    City of San Juan Bautista
    City of San Rafael
    City of Santa Barbara
    City of Solana Beach
    City of Sunnyvale
    City of Union City
    Clean Water Action
    Clean Water California
    Contra Costa Clean Water Program
    County of Los Angeles
    County of San Francisco
    County of San Mateo
    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