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Posted on: May 4, 2021

REMINDER: Accepting Reusable Bags During COVID-19

Accepting Reusable Bags During COVID-19

Retail and grocery stores can now accept reusable bags from customers.

REMINDER: Accepting Reusable Bags During COVID-19

Retail and grocery stores can now accept reusable bags from customers. The  safety protocol for accepting reusable bags allows shoppers to bag their own groceries at checkout or outside of the store.  Encourage customers to bring their own reusable bags and train employees on the safety guidelines for accepting reusable shopping bags from customers. Together we can make a difference!

Safety Guidelines for Accepting Reusable Shopping Bags: 

  1. Customers can bag their own purchases at checkout or outside the store.

  2. Personal reusable bags must be kept away from checkout counters or conveyor belts.

  3. Frequently disinfect all areas used by customers. 

Charging .25 Cents Per Bag is Required

The City of Watsonville would like to remind retailers that a .25 cent bag charge is required unless the customer is exempt. Our Plastic Bag Ordinance  is intended to reduce litter and waste produced by single-use bags, as they impact water quality, marine food systems, and our health. The pandemic has significantly increased consumption for single-use items, you can make a difference by encouraging customers to skip the bag charge and instead opt for a reusable option.

What types of bags are permitted? Make sure your store is in compliance with the bags provided to customers:  

  • Plastic bags must be (4) mils thick and made from recycled content. 

  • Paper bags must contain at least 40% post-consumer recycled content. 

Exemptions: Customers paying with WIC, SNAP, or other supplemental food programs are exempted from charge. Pharmacy items, greeting cards, loose produce, and wet items such as meat and ice cream. 

Additional Resource: CAL-OSHA Health and Safety Guidance for Grocery Stores

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RECORDATORIO: para aceptar bolsas reutilizables durante COVID-19

RECORDATORIO_ para aceptar bolsas reutilizables durante COVID-19

Las tiendas ya pueden aceptar bolsas reutilizables de los clientes

El protocolo de seguridad para aceptar bolsas reutilizables permite a los compradores empacar sus propios comestibles en la caja o fuera de la tienda. Anime a los clientes a traer sus propias bolsas reutilizables y capacite a los empleados sobre las pautas de seguridad para aceptar bolsas de compras reutilizables de los clientes. ¡Juntos podemos hacer la diferencia!

Reglas de seguridad para aceptar bolsas de compras reutilizables:

  1. Los clientes pueden empacar sus propias compras dentro o fuera de la tienda.

  2. Las bolsas personales reutilizables deben mantenerse alejadas de los mostradores de pago o de las cintas transportadoras.

  3. Desinfecte con frecuencia todas las áreas utilizadas por los clientes.

Se requiere cobrar .25 centavos por bolsa

La Ciudad de Watsonville quiere recordarle a los negocios que es requerido que cobren 0.25 centavos por cada bolsa  a menos que el cliente esté exento. Nuestra Ordenanza sobre bolsas de plástico tiene como objetivo reducir la basura y los desechos producidos por las bolsas de un solo uso, ya que afectan la calidad del agua, los sistemas alimentarios marinos, y nuestra salud. La pandemia ha aumentado significativamente el consumo de artículos de un solo uso; usted puede hacer la diferencia recordándoles a los clientes de que pueden evitar el cobro por cada bolsa si en lugar ellos traen su propia bolsa reutilizable.


¿Qué tipo de bolsas se permiten? Asegúrese de que su tienda cumpla con la ordenanza de bolsas:

  • Las bolsas de plástico deben tener (4) milésimas de espesor y estar hechas de contenido reciclado.

  • Las bolsas de papel deben contener al menos un 40% de contenido reciclado postconsumo.

Excepciones: los clientes que paguen con WIC, SNAP u otros programas de alimentos complementarios están exentos del cargo. Artículos de farmacia, tarjetas de felicitación, productos a granel y artículos húmedos como carne y helado.

Recurso adicional: CAL-OSHA Health and Safety Guidance for Grocery Stores

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