Plastic Bag Reduction Initiative


We use over 135 million single-use plastic bags every year in Marin County, and only about 10% of those are recycled.  The rest end up in our landfills, litter our roadways and pollute our waterways.  That’s why we’ve embarked on a countywide effort to have single-use plastic bags banned in every city and town.  Fairfax led the way in 2009 with a voter-approved plastic bag ban – one of the first bans in the state.  The County of Marin followed in 2012, with a ban they successfully defended against a lawsuit filed by plastic bag supporters.

MCEP Bags Graphic

Plastic Bag Ban Chart


(1) The full definition for a large retail store is: 

  1. A full-line, self-service retail store with gross annual sales of two million dollars ($2,000,000), or more, that sells a line of dry grocery, canned goods, or nonfood items and some perishable items; or
  2. A store of at least 10,000 square feet of retail space that generates sales or use tax pursuant to the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law (Part 1.5 (commencing with Section 7200) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code) and that has a pharmacy licensed pursuant to Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 4000) of Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code.

(2) The full definition is as follows:

A drug store, pharmacy, supermarket, grocery store, convenience food store, foodmart, or other entity engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods that includes milk, bread, soda, and snack foods, including those stores with a Type 20 or 21 license issued by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

(3) Also applies to vendors at public events.


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San Rafael, CA 94903