At their March 18th meeting, the City Council unanimously approved the requirements set forth in San Mateo County's Reusable Bag Ordinance. The ordinance goes into effect mid-June in Brisbane (Monday, April 22nd for other cities within the County), and requires retailers to stop giving out single-use plastic bags and instead only offer recycled-content paper or reusable bags for a minimum charge of 10 cents per bag.
If you're looking for a creative way to fashion your reusable bag, take a look at Open Space and Ecology Committee Member Barbara Ebel's instructions on How to Make a 100% Upcycled Shopping Bag. All you need is an old pair of pants, pencil, scissors, and a sewing machine would help.
Click here to read San Mateo County Environmental Health's Spring Pollution Prevention Newsletter, where you can read more about the Reusable Bag Ordinance, how to get an oil recycling container if you change your own oil, a list of antifreeze recycling locations, and how you can help keep San Mateo County clean.