Expanded Plastic Bag Restriction Ordinance

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Palo Alto, City of (City of Palo Alto)
Document Title
Expanded Plastic Bag Restriction Ordinance
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation
Present Land Use
The project area includes a variety of land use designations according to the General Plan Land Use Plan and a variety of zone types.

Document Description
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.

Contact Information
Julie Weiss
City of Palo Alto
2501 Embarcadero Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Phone : (650) 329-2117


Palo Alto
Santa Clara
Cross Streets
Parcel #
State Highways
Hwy 101, 280, 287, 85
Palo Alto
San Francisquito Creek, Adobe Creek, Matadero Creek

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Checkout Bag Ordinance)
Local Action
Other Action Other Action: Ordinance
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Agricultural Land Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Coastal Zone Drainage/Absorption Economics/Jobs Fiscal Impacts Flood Plain/Flooding Forest Land/Fire Hazard Geologic/Seismic Minerals Noise Population/Housing Balance Public Services Recreation/Parks Schools/Universities Septic System Sewer Capacity Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Wildlife Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 4 California Highway Patrol California Native American Heritage Commission California Public Utilities Commission California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 Caltrans, Division of Aeronautics Department of Water Resources Resources Agency Resources, Recycling and Recovery

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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