Can We Break our Bag Habit?
A Regional Effort Towards Resuable Bags
Cupertino City Council unanimously voted to adopt a revised version of a Draft Reusable Bag Ordinance on January 15, 2013 as part of regional effort to promote a shift toward reusable bags. Changes to the draft ordinance will be available by February 5, 2013. The new ordinance will help prevent litter that is harmful to the marine environment and reduce unnecessary waste.
Starting October 1, 2013, customers will need to shop with a reusable bag or purchase a recycled paper bag for a minimum charge of ten cents per bag upon checkout. Disposable, thin plastic carryout bags will no longer be allowed for distribution. Bag charges are kept by the retailer to be used at their discretion.
The ordinance affects any store selling perishable or nonperishable goods directly to the customer, including but not limited to grocery, pharmacy, clothing, convenience and liquor stores.