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City issues reminder that plastic bag ban has expanded to retail stores

Ordinance will cover restaurants, food trucks starting in November

The ban on carryout plastic bags under Alameda County's reusable bag ordinance expanded at the start of the month to now include all retail stores in the county, including Pleasanton.

The ban first affected grocery and convenience stores in January 2013, and the county has seen a 44% reduction in plastic bags found in local storm drains since then, according to StopWaste.org.

To build on that success, the prohibition expanded May 1 to include retail stores and will extend to cover restaurants and food trucks starting in November, according to city officials.

Stores will charge at least 10 cents for paper or reusable bags, and restaurants can provide paper bags for free or charge at least 10 cents for reusable bags. The ban only applies to carryout bags, not to bags without handles that are used to protect merchandise such as produce, soup or meat.

For more information, visit www.ReusableBagsAC.org.

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