The At-Store Recycling Program remained in effect until January 1, 2020, when it was repealed (Public Resources Code Chapter 5.1 sections 42250 through 42257).
On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 67, which upheld the statewide Single-Use Carryout Bag Ban (SB 270, Padilla, Chapter 850, Statutes of 2014). As a result, most grocery stores, retail stores with a pharmacy, convenience stores, food marts, and liquor stores are no longer allowed to provide single-use plastic carryout 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.
Reusable grocery bags help to reduce the amount of litter in California and should be used following the hygiene and cleaning practices recommended by public health officials. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) issued guidance for the grocery industry regarding the use of reusable bags.
CalRecycle prepared a status report on the implementation of SB 270. The final report: Implementation Update and Policy Considerations for Management of Reusable Grocery Bags in California is available by submitting a public records request.