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Local Ordinances 

Following are laws that have been adopted by California jurisdictions: (Sort by Jurisdiction)

Date of AdoptionJurisdiction
04/20/2007San Francisco
07/14/2008Manhattan Beach
03/30/2009Palo Alto
11/16/2010County of Los Angeles [PDF, 366KB]
01/11/2011San Jose
01/25/2011County of Marin [PDF, 564KB]
02/08/2011Santa Monica
05/10/2011County of Santa Clara
05/24/2011Long Beach [PDF, 484KB]
09/13/2011County of Santa Cruz
12/06/2011City of Monterey
01/11/2012San Luis Obispo
01/25/2012Alameda County
02/28/2012Laguna Beach
03/06/2012Dana Point [PDF, 55KB]
03/12/2012Carpinteria [PDF, 375KB]
05/02/2012Ukiah [PDF, 915KB]
05/09/2012Solana Beach [PDF, 95KB]
05/14/2012Fort Bragg [PDF, 22KB]
06/12/2012County of Mendocino
07/10/2012City of Santa Cruz
08/20/2012West Hollywood
11/06/2012County of San Mateo
12/11/2012Mountain View
12/12/2012South San Francisco
01/08/2013Foster City
01/09/2013Colma [PDF, 71KB]
01/14/2013Daly City
01/22/2013Menlo Park
01/23/2013Portola Valley
02/01/2013San Bruno
02/20/2013Half Moon Bay
02/26/2013San Carlos
03/12/2013Los Altos
03/25/2013Redwood City
04/01/2013Huntington Beach
04/02/2013East Palo Alto
05/06/2013City of San Mateo
05/24/2013Long Beach
05/28/2013Culver City
06/26/2013City of Los Angeles
09/03/2013Town of Los Gatos
09/18/2013El Cerrito
10/08/2013San Pablo
10/15/2013Santa Barbara
10/15/2013South Lake Tahoe
10/21/2013Mill Valley
11/06/2013Morgan Hill
11/25/2013Town of Truckee
12/04/2013Arcata [PDF, 2.96MB]
02/19/2014Sonoma County
03/03/2014San Rafael
03/04/2014Walnut Creek
03/18/2014Novato [PDF, 192KB]
03/18/2014Desert Hot Springs
03/18/2014Sausalito [PDF, 915KB]
04/02/2014Palm Springs
04/22/2014Beverly Hills [PDF, 475KB]
05/07/2014South Pasadena
05/08/2014Palm Desert
06/18/2014Martinez [PDF, 937KB]

State of California 

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  • SB 270 (Padilla/De Leon/Lara – 2014) — Among other things, this bill, as of July 1, 2015, would prohibit stores that have a specified amount of sales in dollars or retail floor space from providing a single-use carryout bag to a customer, with specified exceptions. The bill would also prohibit a store from selling or distributing a recycled paper bag and reusable bags at the point of sale unless the store makes that bag available for purchase for not less than $0.10. The bill would require reusable bags sold in the State to meet certain conditions. The bill would allow a local public agency that has adopted an ordinance related to grocery bags prior to September 1, 2014, to continue to enforce and implement that ordinance and would preempt any amendments to that ordinance except that the bill would allow a local public agency to adopt or amend an ordinance setting a price for a recycled paper bag, compostable bag, or reusable grocery bag. This bill would appropriate $2,000,000 from the Recycling Market Development Revolving Loan Subaccount to the CalRecycle for the purposes of providing loans and grants for the creation and retention of jobs and economic activity in State for the manufacture and recycling of plastic reusable grocery bags that use recycled content.

    Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee

  • SB 1219 (Wolk – 2012) — Extends at-store recycling program of plastic carryout bags until
    January 1, 2020, and repeals the provisions preempting local regulatory action.

    Status: Chaptered 09-19-12

  • AB 2449 (Levine – 2006) — Mandates at-store recycling of plastic carryout bags by all large supermarkets and retail businesses beginning July 1, 2007.

    Status: Chaptered 09-30-06

Other Municipalities 

  • HR 1686 (Moran – 2013) — This bill would impose a retail tax on disposable carryout bags. The amount of tax would be $0.05 per disposable carryout bag.

    Status: Referred to Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation.

Following are laws that have been adopted by other jurisdictions: (Sort by Jurisdiction)

Date of AdoptionJurisdiction
03/14/1990Nantucket, MA
03/22/2007Leaf Rapids, Manitoba, Canada
08/25/2008Maui County, HI
09/02/2008Westport, CT
09/16/2008Marshall County, IA
11/20/2008South Australia, Australia
06/23/2009Outer Banks, NC [PDF, 24KB]
07/07/2009Snow Lake, Manitoba, Canada [PDF, 38KB]
07/14/2009Bethel, AK [PDF, 154KB]
07/28/2009Edmonds, WA
09/23/2009District of Columbia
10/07/2009Kauai County, HI
09/23/2010Brownsville, TX [PDF, 328KB]
09/27/2010Thompson, Manitoba, Canada [PDF, 88KB]
10/05/2010Telluride, CO
01/19/2011South Padre Island, TX[PDF, 38KB]
02/08/2011Fort Stockton, TX
04/04/2011Chestertown, MD
05/03/2011Montgomery County, MD
07/21/2011Portland, OR
08/01/2011Bellingham, WA
10/11/2011Aspen, CO
10/25/2011Carbondale, CO
12/08/2011Rye, NY [PDF, 12KB]
12/12/2011Mukilteo, WA
12/19/2011Seattle, WA
01/03/2012County of Hawaii
03/01/2012Austin, TX [PDF, 151KB]
04/11/2012Bainbridge Island, WA
05/10/2012Honolulu, HI [PDF, 503KB]
06/04/2012Issaquah, WA
07/02/2012Corvallis, OR
07/02/2012Port Townsend, WA
07/16/2012Village of Mamaroneck, NY [PDF, 76KB]
09/11/2012Town of Laguna Vista, TX [PDF, 1.4MB]
10/01/2012Barrington, RI [PDF, 287KB]
10/29/2012Eugene, OR
11/14/2012Town of Brookline, MA
11/15/2012Boulder, CO
02/19/2013Sunset Valley, TX [PDF, 145KB]
03/19/2013Village of Larchmont, NY [PDF, 287KB]
04/02/2013Manchester, MA
04/29/2013Shoreline, WA
05/06/2013Town of Great Barrington, MA
07/29/2013Kermit, TX
08/19/2013Laredo, TX
09/03/2013Bisbee, AZ [PDF, 346KB]
08/27/2013Santa Fe, NM
09/17/2013Tumwater, WA
09/24/2013Thurston County, WA
10/15/2013Olympia, WA
12/02/2013Mercer Island, WA
02/13/2014Lacey, WA [PDF, 826KB]
04/30/2014Chicago, IL
05/05/2014Town of Marblehead, MA
05/06/2014Ashland, OR [PDF, 138KB]
06/16/2014Portland, ME

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