Regional Single Use Bag Ban

 Bag in tree_thumb.JPG UPDATE - September 20th, 2012
At its September 12, 2012 meeting, the San Mateo County Planning Commission voted 4-0 to certify the EIR. At that meeting, the Planning Commission also recommended that the Board of Supervisors approve the EIR and adopt the Reusable Bag Ordinance. The Reusable Bag Ordinance is now scheduled to be presented for consideration to the Board of Supervisors on October 23, 2012.

Also, the San Mateo County Health System is conducting a web poll - please consider taking 10 seconds to follow this link and participate 
Continue to monitor the website for information and updates on the Reusable Bag Ordinance and the City of South San Francisco’s actions related to this issue. 

UPDATE - June 29th, 2012

San Mateo County continues to pursue the implementation of a Regional Single Use Bag Ban. A total of twenty-four cities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are participating in this effort, including South San Francisco. The Draft Environmental Impact Report for San Mateo County’s Single Use Bag Ban was released on Friday, June 22, 2012.  The public comment period will be 45 days - ending at 5:00 PM on August 6th.  There are several ways to review the report. You can click on the two links below to view both an information sheet and the DEIR, or at, or for those that like the feel and smell of recycled paper - copies will be available at the following locations:
  • Environmental Health's Office - 2000 Alameda de las Pulgas, Suite 100 San Mateo
  • San Mateo's Main Library - 55 West 3rd Ave
  • Millbrae's Library - 1 Library Ave
  • Redwood City's Downtown Library - 1044 Middlefield Road 
  • Half Moon Bay's Library - 620 Correas Street
  • Mountain View's Library - 585 Franklin Street
  • Los Gatos's Public Library - 100 Villa Avenue
  • Milpitas's Library - 160 North Main Street
  • Daly City's Main Library - 40 Wembley Drive, Daly City

A public hearing is being held to receive verbal comments at the San Mateo County Planning Commission on July 11, 2012 at 9:00 AM - 400 County Center, Redwood City. 

Single Use Bag Ban Information Sheets

Draft Environmental Impact Report

While paper bags can be recycled, over their lifetime, single use paper bags have larger greenhouse gas emissions than plastic bags. San Mateo County and several cities in both San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties are interested in encouraging the use of reusable bags and are envisioning a world with less plastic. In order to assist local jurisdictions in making an informed decision, San Mateo County is partnering with 25 other cities to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EIR will address the impacts of an ordinance that would regulate the use of paper and plastic single use carryout bags. Seven (7) scoping meetings will be held throughout both Counties to gather input that will assist in focusing the EIR on environmental issues that concern the public and businesses.
Once the EIR is complete, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will consider adopting an ordinance that will ban single use plastic bags and require all retail stores charge a minimum of 10 cents for each single use paper bag. The ordinance will not apply to restaurants or plastic bags needed to protect certain products. Should the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors adopt an ordinance, then each city that participated in the EIR will consider adopting language that is consistent with the County’s ordinance. San Mateo County’s goal is have an ordinance for its Board to consider by mid-October, 2012.

For more information please view the attached scoping meetings dates and locations flyer and/or e-mail