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Countywide Plastic Bag Ban Only Few Days Away

The ban goes into effect in Alameda County starting Jan. 1, 2013.

The plastic bag ban is upon Piedmont and Oakland. 

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 county press release.

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

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

Do you keep your reusable bags in your car? How do you remember to bring them with you when heading for the grocery store? And what's most important to you in a reusable bag — utility, style, cost or some combination of those? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Donna Soares December 29, 2012 at 03:02 AM
This is insane! Do the people really know what this is about?
Suzie Skugstad December 30, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Insane or about time. Dozens of countries have banned this kind of plastic bag years ago and yet the U.S. continues to drag its feet on the most basic environmental regulations to save businesses a few cents and to allow us to continue in our lazy disposable lifestyle. Now FINALLY...Hurray for this plastic bag ban!!
garrett Keating December 30, 2012 at 06:44 PM
The plastic bag ban serves several purposes - reduction in fossil fuel usage, reduction (hopefully) of the ocean gyre (large plastic accumulations at the planet's poles) and fouling of local stormwater infrastructure, less clogging of the automated sorting equipment increasingly uses by the solid waste industry - facts the average consumer may not be aware of. The ban essentially applies only to grocery stors so consumers will still have access to plastic bags at retail stores.
Josia December 31, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Crazy as a fox!
Mark Kay January 02, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Hurray for the ban. Can't wait until all counties adopt it. It is so easy to bring your own bag.

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