The project area includes a variety of land use designations according to the General Plan Land Use Plan and a variety of zone types.
The existing Plastic Bag Restriction Ordinance became effective on September 18, 2009 and requires that "supermarkets," as defined by the ordinance, shall provide only reusable bags and/or recyclable paper bags to customers at the point of sale. Thus, currently in Palo Alto, supermarkets are restricted from providing single-use plastic checkout bags. The existing ordinance also requires that all retail establishments within the city shall provide the following to customers: paper bags only, or a choice between paper or plastic bags. The proposed expansion of the Plastic Bag Restriction Ordinance would restrict all retail services (including supermarkets) and food service establishments from providing single-use plastic checkout bags and would require retail services to charge a minimum of ten cents ($0.10) until April 24, 2014 and twenty-five cents ($0.25) on or after April 22, 2014 for a recyclable paper checkout bag. Food service establishments would not be required to charge for a recyclable paper checkout bag. It would also revise the definition of "reusable bag" to make them longer-lasting and more durable.
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