County of Sonoma Waste Reduction Program for Carryout Bags

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Sonoma County Waste Management Agency (Sonoma County Waste Mangement Agency)
Document Title
County of Sonoma Waste Reduction Program for Carryout Bags
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preperation

Document Description
The proposed ordinance would regulate the use of paper and plastic single use carryout bags within the geographical limits of Sonoma County, including the nine incorporated cities and town, starting July 1, 2013. The ordinance would (1) prohibit the free distribution of single use carryout paper and plastic bags and (2) require retail establishments to charge customers for recycled paper bags and reusable bags at the point of sale. The minimum charge would be ten cents ($0.10). Single use plastic carryout bags are defined in the Proposed Ordinance as plastic bags that are less than 2.25 millimeters thick, other than a Reusable Bag, provided at the check stand, cash register, point of sale or other point of departure for the purpose of transporting food or merchandise out of the establishment. The Proposed Ordinance would not apply to restaurants.

Contact Information
Patrick Carter
Sonoma County Waste Management Agency
2300 County Center Drive, Suite B100
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

(707) 565-3579


Cross Streets
Multiple - Sonoma countywide plus cities in Sonoma County
Parcel #
Multiple parcels
State Highways
Hwy 101
Other Location Info
Multiple Communities

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Single Use 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 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 Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Parks and Recreation Caltrans, District 4 Department of Conservation Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 3 Native American Heritage Commission Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 1 Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 2 Resources Agency Resources, Recycling and Recovery
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