Bring Your Own Bag San Diego

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On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 67, the statewide Single-Use Carryout Bag Ban.* 

Proposition 67 prohibits many stores in the City of San Diego from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to their customers, and requires those stores to charge at least $0.10 for recycled paper carryout bags and reusable bags.

The state law will affect most grocery stores, retail stores with a pharmacy, convenience stores, food marts, and liquor stores. See Public Resources Code section 42280, et seq. for specific information regarding regulated stores.

The state law will reduce the over 192 million single-use plastic carryout bags being distributed in California every week.  These bags, each used for an average of 12 minutes, often end up in streets, canyons, trees, landfills, storm drains, and eventually the ocean.  

Single-use carryout bag reduction laws have been proven to reduce the litter and other environmental impacts associated with single-use plastic bags. Check out our tips about types of reusable bags, ways you can remember your bags when you go to the store, how to clean your bags, and how to make your own bag for free with an old T-shirt!

In an effort to promote the use of reusable bags, the City of San Diego will be distributing free, high-quality, reusable bags in the community.  Check back for dates and locations of give-away events.

*State election results will be certified by the Secretary of State on December 16, 2016.  The San Diego single-use carryout bag reduction ordinance that passed in August 2016 will sunset (become obsolete) once passage of Proposition 67 is certified.