Redwood City, Calif., Bans Carryout Bags

Redwood City, Calif., has passed a ban prohibiting the distribution of single-use carryout bags in the city.

The city council for the municipality near San Francisco approved an ordinance affecting all retailers except restaurants and nonprofits. It also excludes protective bags for produce or meat, dry-cleaning, newspapers and other exemptions. The law, which will begin to take effect Oct. 1 with a phase-in period for retailers, will require retailers to charge a minimum of 10 cents per bag used in 2014 and 25 cents beginning in 2015, the city of about 75,000 said in a news release.

The ordinance follows San Mateo County’s passage of a reusable bag ordinance last year.

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