Getting Ready for the County-Wide Plastic Bag Ban

Tips on how to prepare for the ban expected to be in effect in Alameda County starting January 1, 2013.

The plastic bag ban is upon Tri-Valley and the rest of the County. 

On Jan. 1, Alameda County will join San Francisco, San Mateo County, San Jose and 49 other California cities and counties in no longer providing single-use plastic bags at checkout — making reusable bags a must-have for any Bay Area resident, according to the latest release by the County.

All stores selling packaged food must charge a minimum of 10 cents for each paper bag.

The County's release goes on to share tips on how to incorporate reusable bags into your holidays this year: 

  • Save money and avoid the bag charge by bringing reusable bags while doing your holiday shopping. Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution!
  • Give friends and family reusable bags as gifts or stocking stuffers. Stylish, eco-friendly bags can be found at Etsy.com or for as little as $5 on Amazon.
  • Get in the DIY holiday spirit and craft your own reusable bag using only an old T-shirt and scissors (no sew). You can even personalize it with a favorite design or message for a loved one. See here for instructions.

For more information on Alameda County’s new ordinance, visit www.ReusableBagsAC.org.


Annie01 December 02, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Megan, thank you for the tip that Fresh and Easy has reusable grocery bags for 98 cents. Does anyone else know where we can purchase reusable grocery bags for a dollar? I'm on a budget and not about to pay $5 for one bag and unfortunately I don't have the skills to make my own!
anon December 05, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Are the produce bags also included in the ban?
Tina Razzell December 27, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I just found some really nice Pleasanton bags for sale in Gene's Fine Foods. http://www.pleasantonnow.com/2012/12/genes-pleasanton-grocery-bag.html
George January 06, 2013 at 10:20 PM
You can buy 1000 plastic bags and put them in your trunk for less than 2 cents/bag. Here's the link http://www.storesupply.com/c-623-plastic-t-shirt-bags.aspx I keep 1000 in my trunk and when I need them, I bring them in the store. Then when I'm done, I throw them in the ocean
ellen lathlean January 24, 2013 at 07:03 PM
I have a couple of large nylon bags that fold into small packets I can keep in my purse. I haven't been able to find anymore large ones..I got mine in Long Beach and at Tues. Morning, but they aren't there now. They take up a tiny amount of room, unfold to a big bag, and I carry them in my purse. Plus they're easily washable in the machine. 'Anyone know where more can be found?


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