As of November 1, 2017, single-use plastic carryout bags may no longer be distributed by retail stores or eating establishments in Alameda County. Stores must charge a minimum of $0.10 for recycled paper or reusable bags provided at the checkout counter and itemize the bag charge on the customer receipt. Eating establishments do not need to charge for compliant paper bags.
If you are aware of a store or eating establishment distributing single-use carryout bags, not charging for a reusable bag, and/or not itemizing bag charges on your receipt, we want to hear from you! We are relying on consumers to help us reach out to stores not complying with the new law.
As a reminder, compliant thick plastic reusable bags and protective plastic bags for transporting meat, produce, or bulk food within a store are allowed under the ordinance. In addition, eating establishments do not need to charge for compliant paper bags. (Reference our compliant bag page for more details). If you have any questions about the terms of the ordinance, call our hotline at 510-891-6575 or read the full text of the ordinance.
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