The ordinance will be effective June 15, 2017, and requires that: “No retail food establishment shall provide non-compostable single-use plastic bag to a customer. Restaurants are only allowed to provide customers with carryout bags that are: certified compostable plastic, recyclable paper with 40 percent post-consumer recycled content, or reusable."
Restaurants that provide a customer with an allowed carryout bag must charge at least 10 cents ($.10) per bag. A bag tax is a disturbing precedent and attempting to encourage greater use of reusable bags in restaurants comes with public health and safety issues related to the potential cross contamination from customers bringing in their own bags. Customers participating in WIC or food stamp transactions are exempt from the bag tax.
For more information, contact Chris Duggan, Director of Government Affairs, at (619) 517-6435.