Bust Out Your Reusable Bags, Alameda County; Ban Starts in January

Ten and a half months ago, Alameda County approved a ban on all single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and many other retailers selling prepackaged foods or alcohol. In a little more than three weeks, the ban finally takes effect. Starting on January 1, the bags will no longer be available at the checkout stands of more than 2,000 retailers in the county, including most grocery stores, minimarts, convenience stores, pharmacies, and other businesses that sell prepackaged foods and alcohol.

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