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CalRecycle has published the SB 270 Report to the Legislature: Implementation Update and Policy Considerations for Management of Reusable Grocery Bags in California

CalRecycle initiated a second 15-day comment period for the Proposed Regulations for SB 270 - Administrative Certification of Reusable Grocery Bags which is scheduled to end March 15, 2019. This comment period follows the initial 45-day and first 15-day comment periods. After considering comments received during these periods, CalRecycle staff revised the proposed regulations for SB 270. These revisions will add further clarity to the existing language. Please visit the SB 270 Rulemaking webpage to view a current copy of the proposed regulations or for more information.

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.

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.

Certification Fee

A certification fee schedule for reusable grocery bag producers, as required by the law, will be developed 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.