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County-Wide Plastic Bag Ban Only Few Days Away

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.

Do you keep your reuseable bags in your car? How do you remember to bring them with you shopping? Tell us in the comments section below.

 

Shakaz. Jurizeria January 06, 2013 at 06:10 PM
I disagree with the ban as impractical for many reasons. Personally it doesn't work for me. I don't want chemicals or other debris from supply houses in bags that I use for groceries. I don't want to pack new clothes from dept. Stores in my food bags. I don't want three different types of bags for my daily life styles piled up in the back seat of my truck, I would rather have my child sit back there where he is safer. When I go into a mall I don't want to have to carry a bale of bags in case I buy more then I intended. I don't like people telling me to change my lifestyle because the ban works for them, then watch them drive off in their government tax break hybrid, drive down the road in the HOL like they are special and get subsidized electric car spots at airports. If this is so great pay your own way.
Joseph Sze January 07, 2013 at 08:36 AM
Nowadays government intrusion is a misnomer, today's government is practically owned by large corporations such as oil and insurance companies as well as liberal special interest groups i.e savethebay & sierra club with deep pockets, strong attorneys, a loud voice, a strong knowledge of politics and how governments works. They are practically in control of the government and its representation while we the people who elected our representatives and pay taxes often not get the chance to say even if we have plenty of proof of data of the real truth and prove the groups marching from locality to locality with their plastic bag monster suits are giving bona fide wrong information. This is clearly liberal facism that we must fight back. I believe we the people should fight back on the war on liberal facism.
Joseph Sze January 09, 2013 at 09:27 AM
Megan its going to be much harder to implement this in Contra Costa County as unlike in Alameda County where the county's only waste management authority has jurisdiction over all cities, in Contra Costa County as with most counties in the state only has authority over its unincorporated areas(where there barely any stores why bother). In other words the incorporated cities there are in charge of making their own waste management decisions. If they were ever to propose it they would be liable to prepare EIRs and go through many other bureaucratic red tape which overwhelms most smaller cities. For now using info from the best search engines on the web it seems like non of the cities there are even thinking about it.
Joseph Sze January 09, 2013 at 09:33 AM
Alameda County is very unique in this matter as the county's only waste management authority has jurisdiction over all incorporated cities there, in Contra Costa County as with most counties in the state only has authority over its unincorporated areas. In other words the incorporated cities there are in charge of making their own waste management decisions which includes whether to ban the bag or not. Each city would need to prepare their own expensive EIRs and go through many other bureaucratic red tape. For now using info from the best search engines on the web it seems like non of the cities there are even thinking about it.
anon January 29, 2013 at 01:25 AM
hahaha...a truly selfish person....also, the ban does not apply to the stores at the mall.

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