California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

At-Store Recycling Program


  • Designated reporting party or parties” means a person authorized by an operator to maintain and report the records and data required. An operator may have more than one designated reporting party.
  • "Manufacturer" means the producer of a plastic carryout bag sold to a store.
  • "Operator" means a person in control of, or having daily responsibility for the daily operation of a store, which may include but is not limited to the owner of the store.
  • "Plastic carryout bag" means a plastic bag provided by a store to a customer at the point of sale.
  • Plastic film” means flexible plastic sheeting that is generally less than 10 millimeters thick that can come from various plastic resins.
  • Recycler” means a person who takes possession of plastic carryout bags or other film plastic material that has been collected by an operator for the purpose of recycling the plastic carryout bags or film plastic material. Recycler includes, but is not limited to, brokers, refuse haulers, transporters, drop-off centers and local government recycling programs.
  • "Reusable bag" means either of the following:
    • A bag made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles.
    • A durable plastic bag with handles that is at least 2.25 millimeters thick and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuses.
  • "Store" means a retail establishment that provides plastic carryout bags to its customers as a result of the sale of a product and that meets either of the following requirements:
    • A retail establishment that has over 10,000 square feet of retail space that generates sales tax and has a licensed pharmacy.
    • A supermarket that has a full-line, self-service, retail store with gross annual sales of $2 million or more and which sells a line of dry groceries, canned goods, non-food items, or perishable goods.

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Last updated: July 1, 2010
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