Bag Ordinance for Businesses

In November of 2013, the City of Morgan Hill adopted a Single-Use Carryout Bag ordinance. This ordinance regulates the distribution of shopping bags by all stores and will take effect on April 22, 2014. After this date, all Morgan Hill stores can no longer distribute plastic carryout bags and must charge at least ten cents for approved paper bags.

Plastic Bag Ordinance

Ordinance No. 2089 (PDF) was adopted on November 6th, 2013. This ordinance prohibits the use of plastic bags and requires paper bags distributed to be 100% recyclable and to contain a minimum of 40% post-consumer recycled content, accompanied by a ten cent charge that is kept by the store.

This ordinance is very similar to the ordinances adopted by San JoseMountain View, Santa Clara County and many other Bay Area communities. Results from other communities indicate that bag use is reduced by approximately 90% as customers respond by bringing their own bags or carrying out small purchases without a bag.

The main components of the ordinance are:
  • Plastic carryout bags are banned as of April 22, 2014
  • Stores must charge at least a 10 cent fee for paper bags and paper bags must meet certain standards as of April 22, 2014
  • No fees are paid to the city - stores retain the fees charged for paper bags
Review a guide that answers the most frequently asked questions about the ordinance (PDF).

It is the city’s intention to assist local businesses in making the transition by providing you with information about the ordinance that you can display in your stores and by using the city’s communications to educate local residents about the ordinance. If you would like to order these resources, or have any questions about the ordinance, please send us an email or give us a call at 408-776-7333.

Reusable Bag Resources
Want to purchase reusable bags just for your store? These Morgan Hill businesses can help!
  • Morgan Hill Supply
  • Make It Mine
  • Sir Speedy
  • Value Business Products
Get additional sources of compliant paper or reusable bags (PDF).