The 10th largest city in the U.S., San Jose, California, is preparing for their plastic bag ban to take effect on January 1, 2012. On December 14, 2010, the City Council approved and adopted The Single-Use Carry-Out Bag Ordinance.
The ordinance prohibits retailers from supplying plastic bags at checkout. The merchant must a charge a fee of ten cents for each paper bag supplied to the customer. However, the paper bag must be made with at least 40% post-consumer recycled content.
The City has been preparing for January 1st by creating numerous resources for merchants and citizens. One interesting reminder to the merchants is the fact that the ten cents fee charged for paper bags is not taxable.
There have been so many plastic bag ordinances passed in the state of California that the California Board of Equalization has issued a Special Notice stating that the fee charged for the paper bags is not taxable.
[box type="info"] Learn more about San Jose's plastic bag ordinance at SJRecycles[/box]