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Plastic Bag Ban in Pleasant Hill

Jan 31, 2015 02:04PM ● Published by Jennifer Neys

On August 4, the city council adopted an ordinance to prohibit single-use (plastic) carryout bags in all retail stores. The ban goes into effect on February 4, 2015

Under the ordinance, all restaurants, groceries, pharmacies, and retail stores in Pleasant Hill will no longer provide single-use carryout plastic bags. Stores will be permitted to sell paper bags with handles for a minimum of 10 cents per bag. Customers will have the option to bring their own reusable bags, pay for paper bags, or opt not to use a bag to carry goods from the store. Smaller protective plastic or paper bags without handles would still be allowed under the ordinance at no charge to the customer. Retailers will be encouraged to sell reusable shopping bags that meet certain standards in terms of durability and the type of material used to manufacture the bag.  

If you wish to speak to City staff regarding the ordinance, please email Martin Nelis at or call (925) 671-5229. 

The full ordinance can be read here.

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