San Francisco restaurant operators should be aware that this week the single-use plastic bag ban expanded to include all food establishments, which are required to add a fee on acceptable carryout bags.
Effective Oct. 1, the expanded Checkout Bag Ordinance, requires that: “No food establishment shall provide non-compostable single-use plastic bag to a customer. Establishments that provide a customer with an allowed carryout bag must charge at least 10 cents ($.10) per bag.”
Restaurants are only allowed to provide customers with carryout bags that are: certified compostable plastic, recyclable paper with 40% post-consumer recycled content, or reusable and designed for at least 125 uses. Allowed bags also have other requirements, such as specific labeling that are defined in the ordinance.
Businesses keep the 10-cent charge, which can help offset the cost of allowed bags, but must also separately state the cost on a customer’s receipt on a separate line item. Customers participating in WIC or food stamp transactions are exempt from all bag charges.
To learn more about the Checkout Bag Ordinance, and acceptable bags for distribution, visit: www.SFEnvironment.org/checkoutbag or call 415.890.2962.
For more information, contact Javier Gonzalez, director of government affairs, at 408.416.69344 firstname.lastname@example.org.