Los Angeles initiates plastic bag ban
June 18, 2013
There will be no more plastic bags in Los Angeles supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies, and other big retailers following a resounding 11-1 vote by city council members Tuesday. (Los Angeles Times)
The move is considered the first step toward a total citywide ban of the bags. According to city officials, more than 2 billion plastic bags are currently handed out to Angelenos.
Los Angeles becomes the biggest city in America to enact such a ban. San Luis Obispo county officials initiated a near-total prohibition of plastic bags in October of last year.
Kirsten James, water policy manager for the advocacy group Heal the Bay, lauded Los Angeles officials for their action.
“This sends a strong signal to Sacramento that we need a statewide policy,” she said. Three weeks ago, California’s legislature declined to approve a similar statewide ban.
A paper bag fee will be ten cents, similar to San Luis Obispo County’s regulation, and opponents cited that as a reason for their dissent.
Failure to comply will bring fines, according to an ordinance provision.