Jan 16 - Three Cities Move Ahead With Bag Ordinances

Thanks to your support, and that of other ban ban advocates, three more city councils approved reusable bag ordinances last night!


Cupertino City Council, after hearing both sides of the debate for several hours, unanimously approved a Reusable Bag Ordinance.

More than 40 speakers testified, with the majority speaking in support. Students from two city high schools, representing the bright future of Cupertino, implored the council to stop plastic bag pollution.

The ordinance is similar to the San Mateo County model with a ban on plastic bags in all retail stores, but paper bags will be sold for a minimum price of ten cents (not increasing to 25 cents at a later date). Once adopted, this ordinance goes into effect on October 1, 2013.

Mayor Orrin Mahoney voted for the ordinance after recognizing that "It was time." The City had been working on the issue for over a year.


The Glendale City Council also unanimously approved the introduction of its ordinance, pending final adoption at a later meeting. The ordinance is similar to LA County's ordinance (plastic bag ban, ten cent charge in grocery stores, drug stores, and convenience stores).

According to media reports, Councilman Dave Weaver said "It's a no-brainer. It's inevitable. It's got to happen. We're just going to join in the crowd."

Councilwoman Laura Friedman reportedly expressed an interest in expanding the ban to cover all other retail stores. Read an article.

Half Moon Bay

Yesterday, the Half Moon Bay Council also discussed a bag ordinance based on the San Mateo County model. The council approved work on the issue and is expected to bring the ordinance for a first reading and vote on February 5.

Did you know? At least 60 Cities or Counties in California will be plastic bag free by Earth Day!

Is your city interested in doing the same? Learn more about our Campaign to End Single-Use Plastic Bags.