The California Grocers Association Supports Legislation to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

During a press conference held on February 8th at the California State Capitol, the California Grocers Association (CGA) announced its endorsement of a proposed bill aimed at prohibiting the distribution of single-use plastic film reusable bags by grocery retailers. The CGA represents over 300 retailers operating more than 6,000 brick-and-mortar stores, along with approximately 150 grocery supply companies.

With growing consumer emphasis on sustainability, CGA sees this bill as a natural progression in California’s approach to grocery bag regulations, following a previous bill a decade ago, which phased out single-use carryout bags. Under the proposed legislation, shoppers would be encouraged to bring their own reusable bags to stores, with the option to purchase paper bags if reusable ones are unavailable.

Scheduled to take effect on January 1st, 2026, the bill stipulates that grocery stores may no longer offer plastic film reusable grocery bags to consumers at the point of sale. To further promote waste reduction, grocers can provide non-plastic film reusable grocery bags or recycled paper bags to consumers for a fee of 10 cents at the point of sale.