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Getting Ready for the Plastic Bag Ban

Tips on how to prepare for the ban.

The plastic bag ban is upon Albany and the rest of Alameda County. Albany officials have been in support of the ban, and Albany Patch readers voted in a poll earlier in 2012 about how the plastic bag ban might change their ways (find out the results and cast your vote here). The vote was in response to a StopWaste.org's news release about the ban.

Below is the latest release on the ban from Alameda County:

On Jan. 1, Alameda County will join San Francisco, San Mateo County, San Jose and 49 other California cities and counties in no longer providing single-use plastic bags at checkout — making reusable bags a must-have for any Bay Area resident.

Here are some tips to help you incorporate reusable bags into your holidays this year: 

  • Save money and avoid the bag charge by bringing reusable bags while doing your holiday shopping. Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution!
  • Give friends and family reusable bags as gifts or stocking stuffers. Stylish, eco-friendly bags can be found at Etsy.com or for as little as $5 on Amazon.
  • Get in the DIY holiday spirit and craft your own reusable bag using only an old T-shirt and scissors (no sew). You can even personalize it with a favorite design or message for a loved one. See here for instructions.

For more information on Alameda County’s new ordinance, visit www.ReusableBagsAC.org.

doris November 26, 2012 at 07:10 PM
So while you're talking about the plastic bag ban which presumably is in the name of ecology and saving the environment, you can think of no other suggestions for getting your own reusable bags but etsy and Amazon? So they have to be shipped to you? How about the many local stores which carry items like that, Harmonique at 1820 Solano comes to mind....great stylish and very affordable bags. Support a local business while adjusting to the plastic bag ban.
Joan Roos November 26, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Since I never know what and when I might buy something, does this mean I have to carry a bag where ever I go?
D. Mehrten November 26, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I think you'll still be able to get a bag (paper?) for a few cents extra.
Barbara Ridley November 26, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Yes! I try putting one of those tiny fold-up bags in every purse, and keep tote bags in my car at all times.
Al Streit November 26, 2012 at 09:08 PM
The effect on Albany will be tempered by the fact that many Albanians do much of their shopping in Contra Costa County.
D. Mehrten November 26, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Yes, Lucky and everything at the plaza are in CCC
Claire Griffing November 27, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Joan, stores are still able to sell paper bags for 10 cents. You can get more details from this Patch post: http://albany.patch.com/announcements/countywide-plastic-bag-ban-goes-into-effect-january-1st-2013 and our website: http://www.albanyca.org/index.aspx?page=1167
Brian Parsley November 27, 2012 at 01:56 AM
No need for plastic bags at Albany's 20 nail salons or "special" massage parlors.
Ross Stapleton-Gray November 27, 2012 at 02:42 AM
So there's a happy ending, after all? I miss the old "shout out" feature of Patch, where you could post short notes to all and sundry, e.g., "Apparently Ensler Lighting is under new (non-family) management now; friendly note to that effect posted in the window."
rex higginbotham November 27, 2012 at 03:00 AM
My only problem is how do I pick up my dog poop on walks.
Pwll November 27, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Yes, well, I've thought about that one, too! Guess we'll have to buy the compostable poop bags. That's better for the environment anyway.
Senior A. Titude November 27, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Does this mean the biodegradable veggie bags will not be in market produce sections anymore? I use those for dog walks along with the ones I buy, but it can get expensive.
Amy Smolens November 27, 2012 at 07:50 AM
There will no longer be single-use plastic bags at the checkout counter but the bags you use for fruits, vegs and meats will still be available if you want them. So don't worry, you'll have plenty of poop receptacles! If you don't have a dog, Washable Produce Bags http://www.washableproducebags.com/ are a great alternative that I've used for years. Various local companies have nice reusable shopping bags, which many people have gotten in the habit of carrying with them and/or keeping in their cars. As you can see, Alameda County is behind the curve here: http://plasticbaglaws.org/legislation/state-laws/california-2/
Margaret Tong November 27, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I use string bags for fruit and vegetables. I put the produce directly into them and take them to the check out. They don't add anything significant to the weight
Senior A. Titude November 28, 2012 at 01:44 AM
String bags are a great idea! Except for dog walking ;-)
Pwll November 28, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I have some great canvas bags I bought at andronico's years ago. they don't have them any more at andronicos. I've used them for groceries every week for years, washed them over and over again. they're very strong.
Margaret Tong November 28, 2012 at 04:45 AM
I don't have a dog so I'm ok! But, recently, I did see a lady walking her dog an when he started to squat, she held a plastic bowl below him. I have no photos, no witnesses, so make of that what you will.I have seen 2 lots of dog poop on Solano today and now that I'm using a push walker with wheels I do NOT want to wheel into dog poop.
Senior A. Titude November 28, 2012 at 06:10 AM
NO excuse for people not cleaning up! My "pet" peeve. But a bowl??? Not going to think about the logistics involved ;-)
Margaret Tong November 28, 2012 at 06:23 AM
I thought it was rather nifty, Senior. I don't have a dog because i have cerebral palsy and arthritis. I don't even have a service dog. I can't get down to scoop but i'd maybe manage a bowl and a lid and then sanitize. We have to think outside the bowl to make it work.

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