Alameda County – Beginning January 1, 2013, stores in Alameda County which sell packaged foods – including most grocery stores, minimarts, convenience stores, liquor stores, and pharmacies – will no longer provide customers with single-use plastic bags upon checkout. Bags made of recycled paper or reusable bags will be available for a minimum price of 10 cents per bag. Consumers may bring from home any type of bags they wish and are strongly encouraged to do so. Small plastics bags used to protect and transport produce, bulk food, or meat from within a store to the checkout or cash register will still be available free of charge.
Studies estimate that two million single-use bags are given away daily in Alameda County, which equates to over 100,000 single-use bags distributed every day in Livermore alone. Plastic bags are one of the most common litter items found in our creeks, storm drains, and streets, but one reusable bag can replace more than 600 single-use bags over its lifetime.
In order to save valuable natural resources, reduce litter, and reduce the cost to the public for litter cleanup, a new countywide ordinance has been adopted by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, promoting the use of reuseable bags in place of single-use plastic carryout bags.
Tips to prepare for the Reuseable Bag Ordinance now are: get in the habit of bringing your own bags when you go to the store; keep reuseable bags in your car to use when you go shopping; and store bags near your front door, the door to the garage, or where you keep your grocery list.
To learn more, visit the http://www.reusablebagsac.org/.