Gonzales, California, July 7, 2014 (PBBR) - The City Council of Gonzales passed an ordinance today that prohibits any retail establishment from giving a customer a single-use carryout bag for the purpose of transporting purchases away from the premises.
A retailer may make available for sale to a customer either a recycled content paper bag or a reusable bag for a minimum charge of twenty five cents.
All transactions between the retailer and customer for the purchase of a recycled content paper bag or a reusable bag must be documented and a record of that transaction must be kept for a period of one year.
The ordinance does not define "retail establishment". The wording simply states: "No retail establishment that sells perishable or non-perishable goods, including but not limited to, clothing, food, and personal items directly to the consumer shall provide a single-use carryout bag to a customer. . . "
A "reusable bag" is defined as a bag made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has handles, or a durable plastic bag that has handles that is at least 4 mils thick and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse.
A “recycled content paper bag” is defined as a bag that contains a minimum of 40 percent post-consumer recycled content, is 100 percent recyclable, and has printed in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag the words “reusable” and “recyclable,” the name and location of the manufacturer, and the percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
It is interesting to note that "non-profit charitable re-users (as defined by the ordinance) are not considered retail establishments.
The City Council adopted a ban on polystyrene food containers at the same meeting. Both ordinances will become effective January 1, 2015.
Learn more at the Gonzales city website.
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