Reusable Bag Ordinance- Effective Date is August 1, 2013
Colma joins many other San Mateo County cities to encourage the use of reusable bags because 20 billion single-use plastic grocery bags are used every year in California, and most end up in landfills, or as litter on land and in our waterways.
The County of San Mateo states: Researchers have documented the harmful impact to our environment and wildlife caused by one-use plastic bags. Plastic never biodegrades; instead it breaks down into smaller and smaller particles that seep into our soil and water. Paper bags aren’t much better. While recycling has helped, a study by the Environmental Protection Agency found that only 4.3% of bags end up being recycled and a single-use paper bag has an even larger greenhouse gas emission than plastic bags. San Mateo County prepared an Environmental Impact Report and found that adoption of an ordinance regulating single use bags would benefit the environment.