USA: Chico is latest California city to ban single-use plastic bags
On May 20, 2014, the City Council of Chico, California, a city of about 87,000 residents and located north of Sacramento, approved an ordinance banning the retail distribution of single-use plastic bags and requiring a 10-cent fee for each recyclable paper bag distributed. Affected retailers must also make available reusable bags for purchase. The ordinance requires that recyclable plastic bags must contain a minimum of 40% post-consumer content and be 100% recyclable.
The requirements take effect for larger retailers on January 1, 2015. Convenience food stores are covered by the ordinance starting January 1, 2016 (Recycling Laws Update, 26 May 2014).
Click here for the ordinance (2.13 MB).
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