Posted by — April 26, 2011 11:00 am

Plastic Bags in Certain Santa Clara County Retailers Will Be Banned Effective 12/31/2011 . Photo Courtesy of Gray Dolphin


The Santa Clara County of Supervisors has just voted to ban plastic bags in the county by a vote of 4 to 1.  The dissenting vote belonged to District One’s Supervisor, Mike Wasserman.  The county first started to consider the ban, originally introduced by Supervisor Ken Yeager, more than two years ago.

According to Silicon Valley , the ban applies to 56 retailers within the county that distribute plastic single-use carry-out bags, as well as paper bags.  Thin plastic liner bags will not be banned, such as those that wrap produce, meat, bakery items or prepared foods.  Plastic bags that are used for newspaper delivery  and dry cleaning will also be allowed.   The ban also would not apply to restaurants, fast-food eateries and nonprofit groups.  Violations of the ordinance could result in fines up to $500.

Under the ordinance, to take effect January 1, 2012, retailers can sell recyclable paper bags for a minimum of 15 cents each, but cannot hand them out for free. 

Santa Clara County joins such California cities as San Jose, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Fairfax,  and Santa Monica in banning single-use plastic disposable bags. 

Way to go, Santa Clara County!

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