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Plastic bag ban will expand to retail stores in Pleasanton soon

PLEASANTON —  Alameda County’s plastic bag ban aimed at protecting the environment and reducing waste in waterways, will expand to include all retail stores starting May 1.

The reusable bag ordinance was first adopted in January 2013 to include grocery stores and convenience stores within Alameda County. In May, the ordinance will include all retail stores and eventually will further expand to restaurants and food trucks in November.

As part of the ban, stores will charge 10 cents for paper bags, or thicker reusable plastic bags. Restaurants can give out paper bags for free, or charge 10 cents for reusable bags. The law does not apply to bags used for produce, soups or meat, according to the city.

Since the 2013 implementation, the county has seen a 44 percent reduction in plastic bags found in storm drains, according to StopWaste.org.

For more information on the ban, visit .

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