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Reusable Bag Ordinance

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.

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority (WMA) 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.

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