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Law Summary

In San Jose and Sunnyvale it is illegal for grocery stores to provide plastic bags.

Full Text of the Law

The ordinance (Refer to Chapter 9.10, Part 13) began on January 1, 2012, with the following provisions:

  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, small and large retailers can no longer provide plastic carryout bags at checkout.
  • Stores may still provide paper bags made of 40% post-consumer recycled material and charge a minimum of 10 cents for each bag. After the initial two years, the store charge will increase to a minimum of 25 cents for paper bags. The charge will be retained by the store.
  • Customers purchasing food with WIC and CalFresh â??food stampsâ? may be provided a recycled content paper bag at no cost for the first two years of the ban.

Full text of law: Chapter 9.10, Part 13

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