California

Local Ordinances

The focus of plasticbaglaws.org has switched to New York City & since Californians Against Waste does a great job of keeping up on local ordinances, we will no longer be keeping a separate detailed list online.

See CAW’s Local Ordinances page for the most updated information.

The most frequently accessed ordinances and CEQA documents are listed below – this is not a complete list.

Sample Ordinances & CEQA Documents

  • Town of Fairfax

    • Fairfax’s ordinance, an initiative approved by the voters on 11/4/08  (voter-approved initiatives do not fall under CEQA)
  • City of Manhattan Beach (NegDec)

Adopted Bans (invalidated after lawsuits)

  • City of Oakland – see litigation section for details

 

State Laws

California Single Use Bag Ordinances

Current Status, December 2011

Current Ordinances

Implemented

  1. City and County of San Francisco (CatEx)
    • plastic ban
    • applies to supermarkets and large chain pharmacies
  2. City of Malibu (CatEx)
    • plastic ban
    • applies to all retailers and restaurants
  3. Town of Fairfax (voter initiative)

· plastic ban

· applies to all retailers and restaurants

  1. City of Palo Alto (MitNegDec)

· plastic ban

· applies to supermarkets

  1. Unincorporated Los Angeles County (EIR)

· plastic ban, min 10-cent charge for paper

· applies to all supermarkets, large pharmacies, and retailers that sell food

  1. City of Calabasas (relied on LA County EIR)

· plastic ban, min 10-cent charge for paper

· applies to all supermarkets, large pharmacies, and retailers that sell food

  1. City of Long Beach (addendum to LA County EIR)

· plastic ban, min 10-cent charge for paper

· applies to all supermarkets, large pharmacies, and retailers that sell food

  1. City of Santa Monica (EIR)

· plastic ban, min 10-cent charge for paper

· applies to all retailers and restaurants, with exemption for take-out food

Adopted, Not Implemented

  1. City of Manhattan Beach (NegDec)
    • plastic ban
    • applies to all retailers and restaurants
  1. City of San Jose (EIR)

· plastic ban, min 10-cent charge for paper (increases to 25 cents one year after implementation)

· applies to all retailers, with exemption for charitable organizations

  1. Unincorporated Marin County (CatEx) ***

· plastic ban, min 5-cent charge for paper

· applies to all supermarkets, large pharmacies, and retailers that sell food

  1. Unincorporated Santa Clara County (NegDec)

· plastic ban, min 15-cent charge for paper

· applies to all retailers, with exemption for charitable and social organizations

  1. Unincorporated Santa Cruz County (MitNegDec) ***

· plastic ban, min 10-cent charge for paper (increases to 25 cents one year after implementation)

· applies to all retailers and restaurants

Adopted, Invalidated by Lawsuit

  1. City of Oakland (CatEx)
    • plastic ban
    • would have applied to all large retailers

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