Walnut Creek is proud to join the increasing number of cities throughout the world that are working to improve the environment and reduce waste by banning single- use plastic bags.
The City of Walnut Creek has passed an ordinance to prohibit the distribution of single-use carry out bags in all retailers. Under the ordinance, all grocery and retail stores in Walnut Creek would no longer provide single-use carry out plastic bags. Stores may sell paper bags for a minimum of 10 cents for each bag. Protective plastic or paper bags, without handles, for items such as meat, fresh produce, dry-cleaned clothes and prescription medications will be allowed. Consumers will have the option to bring their own reusable bags or pay for recycled paper bags. The ordinance becomes effective September 18, 2014. The ban of styrofoam containers used in restaurantsfor "to-go" customers will become bannedas of December 18, 2014. Learn More