17 November 2010

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passes ban on plastic bags

Yesterday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a measure that bans single use plastic bags at supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores and will require those establishments to charge ten cents to consumers who request an alternative paper bag.

The measure, which would go into effect next year, applies to unincorporated areas of the county where approximately 1.1 million people live but does not include the city of Los Angeles.

The aim of the ban, officials say is to reduce waste and push consumers to more environmentally friendly reusable bags. Exceptions will be made for plastic bags that are for raw vegetables and meat.

Last summer a statewide ban in California was defeated after heavy lobbying from the chemical industry.

The final ordinance will be voted on next week. If approved, Los Angeles County would become the largest jurisdiction in the United States to ban the use of plastic bags. San Francisco, Malibu and Washington, D.C have enacted similar measures.

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