Needles, CA: New Dollar General will start charging for plastic bags.

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Needles, CA: New Dollar General will start charging for plastic bags.

Starting on Monday, December 12th, 2016, the new Dollar General store in Needles, California will be charging 10 cents per plastic bag due to California’s new law banning single-use plastic bags.

Store management at the new Dollar General store informed ZachNews about the upcoming charges and store employees have been informing their customers of the upcoming charges.

Customers are welcome to bring in their reusable shopping bags or can purchase reusable shopping bags inside the new Dollar General store.

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On Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, voters voted ‘Yes’ on Proposition 67: Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags: Referendum.

The ‘Yes’ vote on Proposition 67 approves a statute that prohibits grocery and other stores from providing customers single-use plastic or paper carryout bags but permits sale of recycled paper bags and reusable bags.

As a result, the new law is in effect and most grocery stores, retail stores with a pharmacy, convenience stores, food marts, and liquor stores will no longer be able to provide single-use plastic carry-out bags to their customers.

Instead, these stores may provide a reusable grocery bag or recycled paper bag to a customer at the point of sale at a charge of at least 10 cents.

Fiscal Impact: Relatively small fiscal effects on state and local governments, including a minor increase in state administrative costs and possible minor local government savings from reduced litter and waste management costs.

Many cities and counties have bag ordinances in place.

Some of these jurisdictions’ ordinances will not be subject to this new law, depending on whether they meet certain preemption requirements.

Consult your local governmental entity for more information.

** More information about the new California law on the ban on single use plastic bags can be found at the following website address: **

http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Plastics/CarryOutBags/

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