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Single Use Bags

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Annual Reports: ALL STORES SUBMIT THEIR ANNUAL REPORT ONLINE (CLICK HERE)

Self-Certification Form: (CLICK HERE)

On October 15, 2013, the Santa Barbara City Council adopted the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance. The ordinance prohibits certain stores from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers at the point of sale and requires a 10-cent charge for each paper bag provided to customers. The 10-cent charge on paper bags may be retained by stores for use in complying with the ordinance.

When did the ban begin?

  • May 14, 2014: Larger supermarkets and stores with a pharmacy - 10,000 square feet of retail space or more.
  • November 14, 2014: Smaller grocery stores, drug stores, pharmacies, convenience food stores and food marts.

Stores in Santa Barbara that sell a line of groceries must complete a self-certification.

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