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Jun 08

Board of Supervisors temporarily suspends reusable bag ordinance

Posted on June 8, 2020 at 4:04 pm by Clay Curtin

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors adopted Emergency Regulation 2020-003 that suspends the charge for reusable and paper bags. The County’s Health Officer currently prohibits bags brought in by customers to prevent the spread of the virus.

Emergency regulation details:
  • Bags allowed: Reusable 2.25 mil durable plastic or 30% post-consumer recycled content paper bags provided by retailers at no charge 
  • Prohibited bags: Reusable bags brought in by customers. Single-use plastic or paper bags that aren’t made with recycled content paper.
This emergency regulation applies to all retailers in unincorporated and incorporated areas of San Mateo County. The towns/cities of Atherton, Wood side, and Hillsborough are exempt. This regulation is currently in effect and will remain in place until further notice from the Health Officer.  

Signs are available in English, Spanish, and Chinese to display on storefront windows to help educate customers about the new requirements. For questions or more information, please email Environmental Health Services or call 650-372-6200.

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