On February 9, 2011, the Calabasas City Council passed Ordinance No. 2011-282 to ban the use of single-use carryout plastic bags.
Phase I: As of July 1, 2011, shoppers no longer received disposable plastic bags while shopping at Calabasas supermarkets Albertsons, Gelson’s, Maddy’s Market Ralphs and Rite Aid.
Phase II: As of January 1, 2012, smaller drug stores, convenience food stores, smaller retail stores and grocers will stop offering disposable plastic bags.
Shoppers are encouraged to use reusable shopping bags whenever possible. Note that small plastic bags will still be available in stores for fruits and vegetables.
Under the terms of the new law, stores will have reusable bags available for sale and will also offer recyclable paper bags for 10 cents each in lieu of customers bringing their reusable bags or simply carrying items purchased without a bag. The fees collected from bag sales will only go towards helping stores comply with the new law.
For more information about the bag ban and information about the impact of the use of plastic baqs on our environment, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/bags.html.