The provision in Executive Order N-54-20 suspending portions of the statewide single-use carryout bag ban (SB 270 (Padilla, Chapter 850, Statutes of 2014)) has expired. Stores located in jurisdictions that are subject to the requirements of SB 270 should no longer be distributing single-use carryout bags and should be charging customers when providing reusable grocery bags.
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. Cal/OSHA issued guidance for the grocery industry regarding the use of reusable bags.
Proposition 67: November General Election
On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 67, the statewide Single-Use Carryout Bag Ban.
As a result, SB 270 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 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. 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.
SB 270 required CalRecycle to provide a status report on the implementation of the bill which is available in this report: Implementation Update and Policy Considerations for Management of Reusable Grocery Bags in California.
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 Bags and Producers. These reusable grocery bags must be certified every other year.
A certification fee schedule for reusable grocery bag producers, as required by the law, has been established via the rulemaking process. To learn more, please visit CalRecycle’s SB 270 Rulemaking webpage.
SB 270 FAQs: For more information regarding bag charges, certification and enforcement.