Using Bags in the California?

Los Angeles Update:

Restaurants and retail shops are exempt from the LA bag ban. The Los Angeles Bag Ban on single use disposable bags will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, at grocery stores and pharmacies.

Los Angeles City Bag Ban targets the t-shirt style plastic bags offered at grocery stores and pharmacies.  Are all shapes and sizes of plastic bags banned? Not all plastic bags are banned.

Bags allowed are:

  • Produce bags used for bagging vegetables, fruits and meats, and pharmacy bags;
  • Restaurant bags;
  • Hardware stores bags (e.g. Home Depot, Lowes and others); and
  • Select retail stores bags (e.g. Macy’s, JC Penny, Ross, TJ Maxx, and others).

 

What types of stores are included in the ban?

  • Large stores with gross annual sales of over $2 million selling dry groceries, canned goods, or nonfood items and perishable items or stores of at least 10,000 square feet of retail space generating sales or use tax and has a licensed pharmacy are included in the ban (e.g. Ralphs, Target, Walmart, Vons, Food 4 Less, 99cent Only Stores, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and others).
  • Small stores such as drug stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience food stores, food-marts, and other entities engaged in the retail sales of a limited line of goods that sell milk, bread, soda, and snack foods, in addition to stores with a Type 20 or 21 license issued by the
  • Department of Alcoholic Beverage Controlled stores are also included in the ban (e.g. 7-Eleven, AM PM Mini Markets, and others).

 

Let S. Walter assist you in making sure your packaging choices meet the growing number of bag regulations around the country.   Make sure to keep checking our website for updates on single use bag legislation that is pending or being implemented.   Our retail packaging specialists stay on top of the ever-changing market conditions.  Let us help you navigate bag legislation in the municipalities you sell into and select the best packaging for your stores.   We hope that you will contact us by phone at 888-429-5673 or via email at baglaws@swalter.com

More Bag Regulations in the State of California

Bag regulations are in full foliage this fall.  And the state of California is still leading the way.  Beginning Oct. 1, restaurants in San Francisco are restricted from handing out single-use plastic bags for take-out and delivery.  They are required to switch to compostable plastic, paper or reusable bags.  The San Francisco ordinance was expanded to include all retail establishments last year.

All around the State of California, communities are working to develop ordinances restricting the use and distribution of single-use plastic bags. This summer Monterey County’s supervisors directed their staff to begin preparing an ordinance restricting the distribution of single-use plastic bags. The county is also preparing a broad environmental impact report—the City of Monterey has already adopted an ordinance that bans plastic bags and allows a charge for paper.

This fall, other cities began taking action. San Diego has started to work on an ordinance. Salinas’ City Council voted to move forward with a bag ordinance. The Davis City Council unanimously approved a motion to develop a single-use bag ordinance that would apply to all businesses in the city.

Arcata, El Cerrito and Mill Valley are scheduled to finalize bag ordinances in the coming weeks. By early next year, it is estimated that, one in three Californians will live in a community that has restricted plastic bags.  There are currently 59 ordinances adopted in the State of California. These ordinances cover over 80 California Cities and Counties.

There is a lot of legislation being considered in several states for 2013. Make sure to keep checking our website www.baglaws.com for updates on single use bag legislation that is pending or being implemented. Our retail packaging specialists stay on top of the ever changing market conditions. Let us help you navigate bag legislation in the municipalities you sell into and select the best packaging for your stores. We hope that you will contact us by phone at 888-429-5673 or via email at baglaws@swalter.com

Los Angeles County Bag Ban Upheld by Superior Court

According to a press release from Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, legal action filed by a plastics manufacturer against the county’s plastic bag ban has been dismissed.

The lawsuit filed by a group that included South Carolina plastic-manufacturer Hilex-Poly argued that the bag ban violates state Proposition 26—a proposition which prevents a tax from being disguised as a fee. The county’s ban includes a 10 cent fee on brown paper bags, which was contended as tax in the lawsuit.

But last week, an L.A. County superior court judge ruled against the claim, upholding the ban that came into effect on July 1st.

In her Press Release, Molina views the ruling as a victory for Los Angeles County, and explained that the ban’s fee was not meant to be a means to collect addition revenue.

“At issue was the fundamental legality of Los Angeles County’s plastic bag ordinance, and I am very pleased Judge Chalfant decided in our favor.  The purpose of the ten-cent charge was to incentivize consumers to shop with more environmental awareness while preventing merchants from having to take on yet another financial burden – particularly during rough economic times.  We did not want to generate funds for the county – nor did we want to surreptitiously supplement the county’s coffers,” wrote Molina.

This ban largely affects larger grocery stores like Super King, major grocery store chains like Ralphs, and in January the ban was expanded to smaller stores as well. With the court ruling in favor of the ban and fee, the only way for consumers to avoid charges is to carry their groceries with reusable bags.

If you have any questions about this ban or any other bag legislation around the country, feel free to call us at 1-888-429-5673. Our bag specialists are qualified to explain how this ban affects you, and help you find bags that are in compliance with your local legislation.

Sources: Montrose Patch

For the full story, visit http://montrose.patch.com/articles/countys-plastic-bag-ban-upheld-in-court-ruling#photo-3294918