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postcardGrocery stores and certain other food retailers in Alameda County cannot provide single-use plastic carryout bags at checkout.

  • The Alameda County Reusable Bag Ordinance is not and will not be affected by SB 270, which does not impact city or county ordinances adopted prior to September 1, 2014, more info here.

  • Affected stores must charge a minimum of $0.10 per bag for each paper bag or reusable bag.

    Charge will not increase in 2015, more info here.

  • Affected stores include grocery stores, supermarkets,  convenience stores, liquor stores, ┬ádrug stores or other entities that sell milk, bread, soda AND snack foods (all four items) and/or alcohol (Type 20 or 21 license) in Alameda County.

  • Consumers may bring any type of bag to a store for their purchases, and are encouraged to do so.

  • The Reusable Bag Ordinance is intended to reduce litter, keep plastic bags out of local waterways, and encourage the use of reusable bags.

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