Pleasant Hill Bans Plastic Bags
The city of Pleasant Hill unanimously approved the introduction of a plastic bag ordinance at the town council meeting on July 7th, 2014.
The ordinance will prohibit the distribution of single-use plastic bags at checkout at supermarkets, restaurants and all retailers, including department stores, liquor stores, convenience stores as well as drugstores. Customers could bring their own bags or purchase a recycled paper bag for 10 cents. Individuals who receive government assistance and food aid will not have to pay for a paper bag. In addition, garment bags and paper or plastic bags for fresh produce, meat and prescription medications will be exempt.
The 10 cent charge is subject to increasing to 25 cents at the discretion of the town council.
The ordinance is scheduled for final adoption on August 4th. If adopted, Pleasant Hill will be the 7th city in Contra Costa County with a plastic bag ordinance.