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Proposed Plastic Bag Ordinance - Bring Your Own Bag!

Proposed City Ordinance banning single-use plastic bags from retail stores and restaurants

The City of Pleasant Hill is considering an ordinance to prohibit single-use (plastic) carryout bags in all retail stores including restaurants. Under the ordinance, all grocery and retail stores in Pleasant Hill would no longer provide single-use carryout plastic bags. This includes department stores, clothing stores, liquor stores, drug stores, convenience stores, book stores, specialty stores, etc.

Stores would be permitted to sell paper bags (made from recycled content) for a minimum of 10 cents for each bag, and other reusable shopping bags.  After a certain time period, the fee for paper bags could be increased up to 25 cents per bag at the discretion of the City Council. Consumers will have the option to bring their own reusable bags, pay for paper bags, or opt not to use a bag to carry goods from the store.

Protective plastic or paper bags, without handles, for items such as meat, fresh produce, dry-cleaned clothes and prescription medications would still be allowed under the ordinance.

At its meeting on July 7, 2014, the City Council considered the proposed ordinance and voted unanimously to introduce the ordinance for adoption. The ordinance is now due for final adoption on August 4, 2014. The ban on plastic bags at retail stores and restaurants would take effect six months after adoption which is scheduled to be February 2, 2015.

Prior to the ban taking effect City staff will provide additional information to both residents and business owners. A list of FAQ's will also be made available on this webpage.

If you wish to speak to City staff regarding the ordinance, please email Martin Nelis at   or call (925) 671-5229.