Nevada City, California, June 25, 2014 (PBBR) - After several months of planning and deliberation, the City Council of Nevada City passed a plastic bag ban by unanimous vote.
Nevada City's plastic bag ordinance is effective at all retailers. The law includes restaurants, hardware stores, supermarkets, clothing stores, food trucks and any other retail store or vendor located in or doing business within the city limits.
Set to take effect January 1, 2015, the ordinance prohibits merchants from providing a single-use carryout bag to a customer. A retailer that sells perishable or non-perishable food and/or beverages which are primarily for off-premise consumption may make available for sale to a customer a recycled content paper bag or a reusable bag for a fee of at least ten cents. This ten cents fee is exempt from sales tax.
A customer may bring her/his own bag that is made from any type material for transporting purchases to avoid the ten cents charge. A retailer that does not sell food or beverages for off-premise consumption may provide to a customer a recycled content paper bag or a reusable bag at no charge.
Restaurants may utilize single-use plastic carryout bags until January 1, 2016. At that time, Council will review the exemption.
All retailers who are required to charge the ten cents fee must keep records of transactions related to the sale of recycled content paper bags or plastic reusable bags.
Nevada City's plastic bag ban has been added to the List of Bag Bans.
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