San Jose Passes Most Stringent Plastic Bag Ban

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San Jose, California, the 10th largest city in the United States, now has the toughest bag ban in America. On December 14, the City Council approved and adopted the ordinance.

As reported here, the Council decided to pursue a ban 14 months ago and directed staff to conduct an EIR and draft an ordinance to be presented to Council in the future. That day finally came.

The Single-Use Carry-Out Bag Ordinance prohibits the free distribution of not only plastic bags but also recycled paper bags. Furthermore, the Ordinance includes all retail establishments - not just supermarkets.

Set to take effect January 1, 2012, the Ordinance requires retailers to charge ten cents for a recycled paper bag through December 31st, 2013. After January 1, 2014, the retailer must charge twenty-five cents for a recycled paper bag.

Read San Jose's Single-Use Carry-Out Bag Ordinance.

3 Responses to "San Jose Passes Most Stringent Plastic Bag Ban"

  1. david   2012/02/07 at 5:25 am

    Its a stupid ban. Plastic bags are the best way to bag your groceries or anything. If people dont pollute it will be the next best thing. The problem is that people think its bad. But its not. Those reuseable cloth shopping bags people think are the best are actually bad for you. THEY ARE MADE WITH LEAD. Look it up on the internet. They are made in China. THEY ARE MADE WITH LEAD.

  2. Joe   2011/12/25 at 6:52 pm

    Stupid hippies. This won’t help anything, it will just make life inconvenient for many hardworking people. If you losers need to make yourselves feel better, do it in other ways.

  3. Jennifer   2011/12/21 at 3:06 pm

    Great ban. Although, I wish they were charging more for the use of paper bags, more like $1 per bag.

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