Napa's Plastic Bag Ordinance

From January 2015, BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag)

The City of Napa has adopted the Single-Use Carryout Bag Reduction Ordinance to reduce the environmental and community impacts related to single-use plastic and paper carryout bags and to promote a major shift toward the use of reusable bags. Starting January 1, 2015, retail stores in the city of Napa will not provide single-use carryout plastic bags and must charge a minimum of 10 cents for each paper bag sold to customers. Customers have the option to bring their own reusable bags or to purchase paper or reusable bags from stores.

The City of Napa and Sustainable Napa County have worked together to create a Business Toolkit, which includes a brochure (in English and Spanish) that covers the key elements of the new ordinance, retailer Frequently Asked Questions, and a list of local and Bay Area vendors that provide both recycled paper and reusable bags that meet the requirements defined in the ordinance. Additionally, there is a retailer checklist, tips to train employees, reminders for customers, and downloadable materials including a customer fact sheetplacardposter, and logos for use in your own marketing efforts. The cities of St. Helena and Calistoga also passed similar ordinances. And in September, the Governor signed a law to ban plastic bags statewide, which will go into effect in July 2015.