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Reusable Bag Law

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.

In October 2016, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority (WMA) 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 went into effect on May 1st, 2017 for retail stores, and November 1, 2017 for restaurants.

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