San Francisco Department of the Environment

Bring Your Own Bag

San Francisco's extended checkout bag ordinance requires that all retail establishments (stores) charge 10 cents on each allowed bag provided at checkout. Shoppers can avoid the charge by bringing their own bag.

Tips to Remember Your Reusable Bag

  • Keep compact reusable bags in a purse, pocket, or backpack.
  • Hang a few bags on the coat rack or door knob.
  • Keep bags in the back seat or trunk of your car.
  • Keep a bag at your work.

Past Checkout Bag Events

In fall of 2012, SF Environment kicked off a consumer education campaign with multilingual events throughout the city. Residents asked questions, received free reusable bags, and pledged to use their own bag.

Seventeen thousand free reusable bags have been handed out. The bags were manufactured locally with recycled fabric by Western Textiles, a San Francisco based company founded in 1919. SF Environment partnered with Citibank to educate customers and hand out 10,000 of these reusable bags at Citibank locations in San Francisco.