Redwood City, Calif., Bans Carryout Bags

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

March 28, 2013

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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.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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