PLASTIC CARRYOUT BAG BAN
BRING YOUR OWN REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS OR PURCHASE PAPER BAGS
AT CALABASAS GROCERS BEGINNING JULY 1, 2011
Calabasas has joined the growing ranks of
municipalities encouraging residents to bring reusable bags when
shopping. On February 9, 2011, the Calabasas City Council passed
Ordinance No. 2011-282 to ban the use single-use carryout plastic
bags that pollute our environment and constitute a high percentage
of litter across the country.
As of July 1, 2011, shoppers will no longer receive
disposable plastic bags while shopping at Calabasas supermarkets:
Albertsons, Gelson’s, Maddy’s Market, and Ralphs and Rite Aid.
As of January 1, 2012, smaller drug stores, convenience food
stores, smaller retail stores and grocers will stop offering
disposable plastic bags.
Shoppers are encouraged to use reusable shopping bags whenever
possible. Please note that small plastic bags will still be
available in stores for fruits and vegetables.
Under the terms of the new law, stores will have reusable bags
available for sale and will also offer recyclable paper bags for 10
cents each in lieu of customers bringing their reusable bags or
simply carrying items purchased without a bag. The fees collected
from bag sales will only go towards helping stores comply with the
Lower income residents who participate in the California Special
Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children program
will receive either reusable bags or recyclable paper bags for free.
PLASTIC BAG FACTS
Plastic bags make up 0.4% of the litter stream,
but up to 25% of the waste stream.
Californians use about 19 billion plastic bags
per year, 6 billion consumed in Los Angeles County alone.
An estimated .3% to 5% of plastic bags are
recycled at a cost that is much higher than the cost of
producing new plastic bags.
The average “free” single-use bag is used 12
minutes before being released as pollution in the environment or
waste into the landfill.
According to the State of California, the current
projected annual cost to public agencies in California for
litter prevention, cleanup, and disposal is approximately $375
No carryout bag –Few, small items that can be
carried by hand; Items with handles; or Items packed back into
Customer-owned clean carryout bag, box, cart, or
Store-purchased carryout bag (paper or reusable)
Bag Ban Key Points (R+E+D+U+C+E)
Reduce use of single-use bags: The bag ban
prohibits single-use plastic carryout bags (flimsy, lightweight
Encourage the use of reusable bags: The
average consumer in America uses 500 plastic bags each year.
Do purchase bags made with recycled
content and that are reusable: In the United States, about 14
million trees are cut down to make paper bags annually.
Understand impacts: Plastic bags are
produced from non-renewable resources. Less plastic and paper
bags means more conservation of our limited resources. Use fewer
resources by complying with the ban.
Cut costs: “Free” single-use bags are
costly and the cost is passed onto consumers at checkout, and
taxpayers pick up the bill for litter clean-up.
Eliminate Waste: Most "free" plastic or
paper bag are used for 12 minutes before being released as
pollution into the environment or as waste into the landfill.
Less than 5% of the 19 billion plastic bags used each year in
California are recycled.
Statewide Municipal Action
A number of cities and counties in California are
considering or have acted to restrict plastic bags:
Cities: Bakersfield, Berkeley, Fairfax, Fremont, Gilroy,
Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Montebello,
Oakland, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita,
Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, Twenty-Nine Palms
Counties: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Marin, Santa Clara
Carryout Bag Ban Ordinance Quarterly Report Submission Form
(Calabasas Stores Use Only)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When does the ordinance take effect?
Beginning July 1, 2011: Large stores,
defined as full-line, self-service retail store with gross
annual sales of $2 million or more or any large store with
at least 10,000 square feet of retail space that has a
pharmacy (Albertsons, Ralphs, Gelson’s, Maddy’s Market, Rite
Beginning January 1, 2012: Small
stores defined as a pharmacy, grocery store, convenience
store, foodmart, or other store engaged in the sale of a
limited line of goods that includes milk, bread, soda, and
snack foods, also includes liquor stores.
Q: What kind of plastic bag is banned?
Plastic carryout bags include any bag made of
plastic (from any source), which is provided to the customer
at the point of sale.
Q: What kind of plastic bag is NOT banned?
Produce bags and Product bags are bags
without handles used exclusively to carry produce, meats, or
other food items to the point of sale or to prevent such
food items from coming into direct contact with other
Q: Why has the City of Calabasas banned
single-use plastic carryout bags?
The intent of the Single-use Carryout Bag
Ordinance is to significantly reduce the environmental
impacts related to single-use plastic and paper carry out
bags and promote a major shift towards the use of reusable
Q: How are single-use plastic carryout
bags harmful to the environment?
They are consumed in extremely high volumes
They are produced from non-renewable
They are designed to be disposable (rather
Difficult to recycle. Less than 5% of the 19
billion (19,000,000,000) plastic bags used annually in
California are actually recycled
A significant and visible component of litter
and do not biodegrade. They remain in the environment as
marine, storm drain, and beach pollution for decades
A significant hazard to marine animals and
birds, which often mistake plastic bags as food
Q: Is there any exception to this ban?
The Ordinance does NOT prohibit the
distribution of plastic “product bags” such as those
distributed within a grocery store for bagging produce or
Stores are required to provide customers
participating in the Supplemental Food program with a
reusable bag or recycled paper bag at no cost at the point
Q: What stores are required to charge 10
cents for each recycled paper bag?
All grocery stores, convenience stores,
minimarts, liquor stores, drug stores and pharmacies are
prohibited from providing free distribution of single-use
paper and plastic carryout bags. If these stores decide to
make paper carryout bags available for their customers, they
are required to sell recycled paper carryout bags made from
100% total recycled content with 40% post-consumer recycled
content for not less than 10 cents per bag.
Q: Why is there a $0.10 fee on recycled
paper carryout bags?
The fee of $0.10 on recycled paper carryout
bags encourages the use of reusable bags. This cost
pass-through reimburses retailers for the costs of providing
recycled paper carry out bags to their customers. All of the
revenue from the cost pass-through remains with the store.
Q: How do I avoid paying 10 cents for each
recycled paper bag?
It’s easy! Remember to bring your own
reusable bags to the store. Some stores will even offer you
a credit or gift for bringing your own bag!
Q: How are paper bags, recycled or not,
harmful to the environment?
In the US, about 14 million (14,000,000)
trees are cut down to make paper bags annually.
Cutting down trees releases carbon dioxide, a
greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere, which contributes to
global warming. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release
oxygen into the air. These natural global warming defenders
are destroyed when paper products are made.
Four times the amount of energy is used in
the production of a paper bag than in the production of a
Recycling paper requires ten times the amount
of energy than recycling plastic does.
Q: How should I care for my Reusable Bag?
The best reusable bags are the ones that can
be used over and over again and are machine washable in
order to be cleaned properly to prevent germs from
accumulating. Wash them as often as you would wash towels or
a cutting board. Many people choose to designate different
styles of bags for different types of products, such as
separate bags for animal products and produce vs. dry goods.
Some reusable bags can’t be placed in the washing machine.
If you choose to purchase these bags check the
manufacturer’s instructions for disinfecting and cleaning
Q: Why are reusable bags better for the
Reusable bags do not pollute the environment
and help reduce landfill waste because they are used again
and again. Therefore, Calabasas residents and taxpayers do
not have to pay the clean-up costs and landfill fees related
to disposable, single-use carryout bags.