San Francisco

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Reusable Definition

Given that use of reusable bags and other reusable items brought from home is currently suspended, the City ‘s Department of the Environment (SF Environment) is temporarily suspending enforcement and not requiring stores to charge consumers for recycled paper bags or other checkout bags provided by stores at this time. However, stores still have the legal right to charge, as they did prior to the ordinance.
June 28, 2020. This has been lifted, ban and fees now apply again thru state of Emergency
Any bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple uses, minimum lifetime capacity of 125 or more uses, carry 22 or more pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet, has a minimum volume of 15 liters, made of cloth or other machine washable fabric, Shall not contain lead, cadmium, or any other heavy metal in toxic amounts. Or made of other durable material including plastic at least 2.25 thick.

Paper Bag Id Requirements
Stores Affected

Store: shall mean a retail establishment located within the geographical limits of the City and the County of San Francisco. A retail establishment includes any public commercial establishment engaged in the sale of personal consumer or household items to the customer who will use or consume such item. Store shall also include any Food Establishment.

Paper Fee: $0.10 per bag
Comply Date
San Francisco Code- Chapter 17, Section 1701
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