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Getting Ready for the 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 coming to the Tri-Valley and the rest of Alameda

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 a recent press release.

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

Here are some tips on how to incorporate reusable bags into your holidays this year: 

  • Practice the new habit 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.


John G. December 06, 2012 at 12:36 AM
What's to stop an industrious individual from selling plastic bags to the customers entering stores? Looks like an opportunity for the unemployed. I'm sure they could make a sizeable profit if they only charged 5 cents a bags. For every stupid, well intended law, there is usually an opportunity waiting.
Bob Canning December 06, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I think that is a great idea. Then we will see outrage over the increase in bag rustling, and probably another set of county employees as enforcers. Forget about the shootings in Oakland, the gangs and the real crime. It will be pretty easy to find and fine unauthorized bag sellers.
Ken Rovasio December 06, 2012 at 04:27 PM
So I guess you have never shopped at Costco. For the past 8 years I have been shopping at Costco and I bring my own bags. Sometimes I forget to bring them into the store but when I get to my car I load them into the bags. Stop crying about it and bring a bag!
John G. December 06, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I know, it could give new meaning to the term " bag lady". We might just be reading future news articles about the "bag kingpin" of Alameda County. It would be perfect for the man and the lady that sit in front of the parking entrance by the Safeway gas station. They could become productive members of society!
CaliGirl March 27, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Reasons why I shop in Contra Costa County now. Dumb Democrats. Stop voting for eco-fascists.

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