The types of businesses that are covered by a plastic bag ordinance is primarily a function of the political will of a city. There are often size restrictions (based on size of the store) or restrictions based on annual sales. The most effective policy should apply to all types of grocery stores, restaurants and other retail stores.

At minimum include 1 or more of the following business types

  • City vendors
  • Supermarkets
  • Smaller stores that sell food
  • Large pharmacy chains
  • Restaurants
  • Small or large retail stores


Malibu and San Francisco include all retailers in their ordinances
DC District includes all businesses that sell any type of food or alcohol