California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Plastic Carryout Bags

Single-Use Carryout Bag Ban (SB 270)

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NOTICE: CalRecycle is now accepting third-party certifications for reusable grocery bags from producers as a result of voters approving Proposition 67. Find out more about the Reusable Grocery Bag Reporting System (RGBRS),

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Proposition 67: November General Election

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 67, the statewide Single-Use Carryout Bag Ban.

As a result, the new law is in effect and most grocery stores, retail stores with a pharmacy, convenience stores, food marts, and liquor stores will no longer be able to provide single-use plastic carry-out bags to their customers. Instead, these stores may provide a reusable grocery bag or recycled paper bag to a customer at the point of sale at a charge of at least 10 cents. Many cities and counties have bag ordinances in place. Some of these jurisdictions’ ordinances will not be subject to this new law, depending on whether they meet certain preemption requirements. Consult your local governmental entity for more information.

Reusable Grocery Bag Certification Requirements

Public Resources Code Sections 42281, 42281.5 and 42282 outline the certification requirements for reusable grocery bags. Bag manufacturers and distributors who sell these types of reusable grocery bags in specified California stores must submit their proof of certification to CalRecycle via the Reusable Grocery Bag Reporting System (RGBRS).

Once proof of certification has been received via the RGBRS, the names of the bag producers and their certified bags will be posted to the list of Certified Reusable Grocery Bag Producers. These reusable grocery bags must be certified every other year.

Certification Fee

A certification fee schedule for reusable grocery bag producers, as required by the law, will be developed via the rulemaking process. CalRecycle anticipates the rulemaking process will begin in the first quarter of 2017 and be finalized by the end of 2017 or early 2018. More information will be provided on CalRecycle’s website as it becomes available.

SB 270 FAQs: For more information regarding local bag ordinances, bag charges, certification.

Last updated: November 9, 2016
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