If you've shopped in Alameda County since the first of the year, you know that stores no longer provide plastic bags thanks to a new law meant to curb litter.
Why was the plastic bag ban put into effect?
Well, there's a saying: one picture is worth a thousand words.
What you see here is that thousand-word explanation captured in a picture of a fence at the Waste Management landfill at Altamont Road in Livermore.
The fence is meant to keep plastic bags from blowing from the landfill toward homes in Tracy and other communities to the east.
"That employee in the lower right corner needs to get those bags off the fences before the wind changes," says Rebecca Jewell, a recycling coordinator with Waste Management who took the photo.
Have you had to pay for a bag? How are you getting your purchases home? What do you think of the ban? Sound off in the comments below.