In March 2013, the Los Altos City Council adopted a Reusable Bag Ordinance prohibiting the distribution of single-use carryout bags and requiring a minimum charge for the distribution of reusable or recyclable bags. The intent of the Ordinance is to reduce the consumption of natural resources, decrease the number of bags going to landfills and reduce litter in our local waterways.
The Ordinance applies to any retail establishment selling perishable or non-perishable food, goods, clothing, or personal items directly to the consumer. Retailers that are exempt from the ordinance include restaurants, non-profit thrift stores and establishments providing a service (e.g., dry cleaners and newspaper home delivery).
For more detailed information about this ordinance, click here.
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