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Regional 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

Retailer Fact Sheet


California PACE Program

South San Francisco invites you to take advantage of the California PACE Program:
  • Reduce energy costs
  • Save on operating expenses
  • Market your property as "Green"
  • No upfront costs or down payment
  • Informational flyer

Green Division/Sustainability SSF

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.