The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has taken the lead on the Peninsula, voting on Tuesday to ban plastic grocery bags in all unincorporated parts of the county, including Montara, Moss Beach, and El Granada. The ban takes effect April 23.
From the San Mateo Daily News:
The ban will apply to all retail establishments, including grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies and shops, according to the county. It won’t apply to plastic bags used for restaurant food take-outs or for produce, meats, bulk foods and prescription medicines.
If a retailer is caught handing out the forbidden bags, it will be fined $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second and $500 for the third and subsequent violations, according to the ordinance.
The hope is that other cities in San Mateo County and a few in Santa Clara County will follow the Board’s lead and pass their own ban. Half Moon Bay does not currently ban the bags but is expected to pass their own ordinance soon.