San José is the largest City in the state to ban plastic carryout bags.
The ordinance will go into effect on January 1, 2012, and:
Grocery stores, pharmacies, small and large retailers will no longer be allowed to provide plastic carryout bags at checkout;
Stores may still provide paper bags made of 40% post-consumer recycled material and charge a minimum of 10 cents for each bag. After the initial two years, the store charge will increase to a minimum of 25 cents for paper bags. The charge will be retained by the store;
Customers purchasing food with WIC and CalFresh “food stamps” may be provided a recycled content paper bag at no cost for the first two years of the ban.