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Single-Use Bag Ordinance Annual ReportCity Trash & Recycling

Annual Reporting Information

On May 14, 2014 the City of Santa Barbara’s Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance went into effect for Tier 1+2 stores. The ordinance prohibits certain stores from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers at the point of sale and requires a 10-cent charge for each paper bag provided to customers. The ordinance also requires Tier 1+2 stores to submit an annual report.

You will need the following information in order to submit your report:

  • # of paper bags your store sold during the reporting period
  • amount of money collected for paper bags during the reporting period
  • any special efforts your store made to promote use of reusable bags

Reporting Tiers

Tier 1 - Large grocery stores and stores with a pharmacy - 10,000 square feet of retail space or larger (official Ordinance Definition)


Tier 2 - Smaller grocery stores, drug stores, pharmacies, convenience food stores, and food marts (official Ordinance Definition)


If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Cruz Carpenter at or 564-5669.

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Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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