Sustainable SSF Logo transparent.pngRegional Single Use Bag Ban
The City of South San Francisco has adopted a reusable bag ordinance. The ordinance will go into effect, April 22, 2013 and will prohibit the use of single-use carryout bags (thin plastic shopping bags) at retail stores. This ordinance will help reduce litter and encourage the use of reusable shopping bags.

The ordinance prohibits the free distribution of single-use carryout paper and plastic bags and requires retail establishments to charge customers for recycled paper bags and reusable bags at the point of sale. The minimum charge will be ten cents per paper bag until December 31, 2014 and twenty-five cents per paper bag on or after January 1, 2015. Customers participating in the California Special Supplement Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children and the Supplemental Food Program may be provided with a recycled paper bag at no cost.  The ordinance does not apply to product or protective types of bags without handles provided to customers for food items, dry cleaning or prescription medications. This ordinance does not apply to restaurants.

If you have any questions regarding this ordinance, please call (650) 829-6634 or e-mail sustainable.ssf@ssf.net.

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UPDATE - September 20, 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 http://smchealth.org/node/1069.

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 29, 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 - the easiest would be at www.smhealth.org/bagban, 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.

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California PACE Program
South San Francisco invites you to take advantage of the California PACE Program:
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  • Market your property as "Green"
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Solar@Work Program
Interested in lowering your energy costs? The City of South San Francisco invites you to get the best price on solar installation. Solar@Work is offering businesses in South San Francisco this one-time opportunity for steeply discounted, hassle-free solar installation.

It's easy to get started. In the attached postcard, you'll see how to get a free quote and where to call for more information. You'll want to act now - this program is only available through October 14, 2011.