Love Our Planet Not Plastic

Be Disposable-Free Campaign

Background of Zero Waste in Oceanside  
The City of Oceanside is committed to waste diversion and recycling. Through this commitment, the City of Oceanside passed a Zero Waste Strategic Resource Management Plan in June of 2012. The Zero Waste Plan has allowed the City to implement programs and provide resources to the community that has increased the City's diversion rate from 58%-71% in less than 3 years.

Ditch Disposables and Use Reusables 
Say no to single-use items whenever possible. Up to 80-percent of plastic in our oceans comes form land-based sources. With an increasing number of single-use items polluting our oceans and waterways, taking action against plastic pollution is more important than ever.

Join Green Oceanside and PLEDGE to be Disposable-Free
The City of Oceanside is gathering feedback on single-use items in Oceanside. Pledge to be disposable-free and let the City know how you would like to see single-use items addressed in Oceanside. 



California Legislation on Single-Use Plastic 

California's Single-Use Plastic Straw (AB 1884)

Assembly Bill 1884: Single-Use Plastic Straws - becomes effective 2019
In an effort to stop plastic pollution the State of California recently passed State Assembly Bill 1884 (AB 1884) which requires sit down restaurants to forgo the automatic distribution of straws in every drink, and instead only provide a straw when it is requested by the customer. AB 1884 isn’t a ban on straws but rather an effort to significantly cut single-use plastics from our daily use and our environment.  

Read the state legislation on AB 1884

California's Single-Use Carryout Bag Ban (SB 270) 

Proposition 67: November General Election 
On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 67, the statewide Single-Use Carryout Bag Ban. 

As a result, the new law (SB 270) is in effect and most grocery stores, retail stores with a pharmacy, convenience stores, food marts, and liquor stores will no longer be able to provide single-use plastic carry-out bags to their customers. Instead these stores may provide a reusable grocery bag or recycled paper bag to a customer at the point of sale at a charge of at least 10 cents. Consumers may bring any type of bag to the store themselves for the purpose of carrying away goods that are not placed in a bag, in lieu of using bags provided by the store. SB 270 only prohibits bags provided for the purpose of carrying away goods from the point of sale and does not apply to produce, product or bags to cover clothing that is placed on a hanger.

Will there be a grace period before stores start charging for recycled paper bags and reusable grocery bags? What about the City of Oceanside's Single-use Carryout Bag Ordinance?
The effective dates of SB 270’s statutory requirements remained the same as originally signed by Governor Brown in 2014 and therefore, the law became immediately in effect at full scope. Please note the City of Oceanside’s Single Use Carryout Bag Ordinance (Adopted August 2016) is no longer effective due to the adoption of SB 270. At this time the City of Oceanside is seeking guidance for CalRecycle (State Oversight Agency) as they complete rulemaking guidelines for mandate details, reusable bag certification qualifiers, and enforcement processes, prior to taking additional action.

What types of stores are affected? 

  • Grocery Stores: Full-line, self-service retail stores with gross annual sales of at least $2 million that sell a line of dry groceries, canned good, or nonfood items, and some perishable items. 
  • Large Retail Stores with a Pharmacy: Stores that have at least 10,000 square feet of retail space and pharmacy that generate sales or use tax. 
  • Convenience Stores, Food Marts, or Liquor Stores: Stores engaged in the retail sale of a limited line of goods, generally including milk, bread, soda, and snack foods, and that hold a Type 20 or Type 21 license issued by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. 
  • Volunteer Stores: Retail establishments not included in this list that voluntarily agree to comply with the requirements of the statute.  

Have More Questions? 

See Oceanside's FAQ and Education Sheet on SB 270, or email the Green Oceanside team at