Plastic bag ordinance leaves room for Alameda County cities to tighten ban

Jan. 26, 2012 | The Alameda County Waste Management Authority, or their more hipper name,, approved Wednesday a potentially groundbreaking plastic bag ordinance banning the toxic totes at grocery stores and pharmacies, but it’s likely not the last you will hear about it this year.

Surprisingly, the body didn’t get greedy eating the entire politically-fulfilling pie. Instead, it left a portion for elected officials in a few East Bay cities hoping for a notable and guilty-free portion of a ban wildly popular among residents and environmentalists.

Since San Jose passed a similar ordinance last year, officials in the East Bay could see the tidal wave of plastic bag ordinances careening their way.

Officials in Berkeley are already formulating their own more comprehensive plastic bag ordinance including a ban on bags from retailers, which was notably absent from the County’s ordinance.

Expect at various times this year, for several East Bay cities to take on similar, wider-ranging ordinances, not only for the benefit of shrinking swelling landfills and saving the environment, but for the prime opportunity for local pols to puff their chests and pop their collars.

(This article is featured in today’s Fifty+One blog.)

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Categories: Alameda County Board

14 replies

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  2. Plastic bags no good.


  3. Fuck handbags


  4. Plastic bags are good only if recycled and reused… though we should avoid them at the most!!

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  5. It is important for all of us to reduce, reuse and recycle. Me and my family always take with us recyclable bags. These are mostly paper bags and bags made from woods. It's more convenient, economical and safe. It's also Eco-friendly.


  6. Laws like this are good to make people disciplined in disposing their waste materials. Hopefully more countries will be strict on such rules. environmental services


  7. I have learned from our social care training that practicing cleanliness and orderliness in your household would reflect your community as well. It might take time before everyone gets used to it but there are laws and ordinances that would guide us to be responsible all the time.


  8. It's why I do my grocery shopping in Contra Cost now.


  9. Hey, its not amiable to the environment. So never go for that..


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  11. Plastic bags no good.It's harmful for environment.


  12. a recycling bin for them materials make sure you put them in the right bin it says what materials on it


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