Please note: The Alameda County Waste Management Authority (WMA) has recently adopted an amended reusable bag ordinance, expanding the covered stores beyond those that sell packaged food and liquor to include all types of retail stores and restaurants. The new requirements will go into effect on May 1st, 2017 for retail stores, and November 1, 2017 for restaurants. Visit our Ordinance Expansion page for more information.
Since 2013, grocery stores and certain other food retailers in Alameda County have not been allowed to provide single-use plastic carryout bags at checkout, and the results have been great for our local environment!
Plastic bags are one of the most common litter items found in our waterways, and plastic pollution is a growing threat to oceans and marine life. Plastic bags take hundreds of years to break down or decompose, causing a cumulative litter problem. Shopping with reusable bags helps reduce litter and waste, protects creeks and the bay, and conserves natural resources.