Single Use Bag Ordinance

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Santa Cruz County
Document Title
Single Use Bag Ordinance
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination

Document Description
The project is a proposed ordinance that would ban the use of single use plastic carryout bags, require that all paper carryout bags have a minimum of 40% post consumer recycled content, and encourage the use of reusable carryout bags in the unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County, thereby reducing the number of bags manufactured, and the number that are released to the natural environment or disposed of in landfills. Chapter 5.48 of the County Code would prohibit retail product stores from making plastic carryout bags available at checkout stands, and would require them to charge $0.10 on each paper carryout bag at the point of sale for a period of one year from the date Chapter 5.48 of the County Code takes effect. The charge would be increased to $0.25 on each paper carryout bag beyond the initial one-year period. The Board of Supervisors may periodically review the store charge to judge its effectiveness. The ordinance would become effective six (6) months after the date of final passage by the County of Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors.

Contact Information
Matt Johnston
Santa Cruz County
701 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 454-3201


Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
County of Santa Cruz
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
Final EIR Available Location
County of Santa Cruz Planning Dept. 701 Ocean Street, 4th Floor Santa Cruz, CA 95060


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(5) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
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