The California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control issued an industry advisory earlier this month, noting that no state laws or regulations require retailers to place alcoholic beverages in single-use bags or carrying containers.
Under local law, however, some jurisdictions could potentially require bags for such purchases. If you refuse a bag and the store clerk tells you it's the law to take one, you should look into whether or not any local ordinances are in place.
With the mantra in mind to reduce, reuse, and then recycle, CAW reminds consumers this holiday season to refuse single-use bags whether you’re shopping for gifts, groceries, or spirits. Always bring a reusable bag or two with you, or if you’re only buying a few things, carry them out of the store without a bag.
In California, there are over a dozen local bag ordinances already passed, and many others poised to follow.