If you are a shopper or have your own business in the county of Mendocino or the cities of Fort Bragg or Ukiah, you may have questions about the ordinance or whether a store is in compliance. We'd like to help you understand the changes and get the assistance you need. Please call 707-468-9710 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a retailer you can prepare for the ordinances by buying bags ahead of time. Here is a list of potential suppliers for paper bags that will qualify. If a retailer charges a surcharge for a paper bag is there sales tax on that surcharge? The Board of Equalization says no, read more about it here: http://www.boe.ca.gov/news/pdf/l282.pdf
Shopping with a reusable bag is the best choice. A high-quality reusable bag has the potential to replace over 600 single use bags over the course of its lifetime significantly reducing plastic bag litter. Plastic bags are a common litter item found in creek cleanups. Paper bags are also problematic, taking 14 million trees each year in the United States to produce a year's supply of paper bags for retail use. Reusable bags reduce litter and conserve natural resources. FAQ
Of the plastic bags collected at curbside, only 4% are recycled, the rest are landfilled or become litter, which impairs our streets, creeks and oceans. Take your single-use plastic bags back to your local grocery or pharmacy stores for recycling.