County Seeks to Expand Ban on Plastic Bags -California

Posted on June 24, 2016 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority (StopWaste) has recommended expansion of the ban on plastic bags to include all retail stores and restaurants.

Source: County Seeks to Expand Ban on Plastic Bags

Goals of the ordinance are to reduce litter and keep plastic bags out of local waterways.

Currently, the reusable bag ordinance applies to grocery, drug and liquor stores in Alameda County that traditionally distribute a high volume of single-use bags. Since implementation of the ban, there has been a decline in overall bag purchases by 85 percent, a doubling of shoppers bringing their own reusable bags or not using a bag at all, and a 44 percent decrease in plastic bags found in Alameda County storm drains.

The expanded ban would apply to commercial establishments operating from a permanent enclosed structure that sell perishable or nonperishable goods directly a customer, including, but not limited to, clothing, food and personal items. The intent is to capture all types of retail stores, any place where a shopper can walk into a ” brick and mortar” store and purchase a tangible item.