LA Launches LACityBag.com

City of Los Angeles officials today launched LACityBag.com as part of its Bring-Your-Own-Bag Campaign and in anticipation of the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance that takes effect on January 1, 2014.  “LACityBag.com provides useful information for both shoppers and retailers about the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance and its benefits to our marine environment,” said Commissioner Barbara Romero of the Board of Public Works. “It is a website that, we hope, will make the transition to the reusable bag a lot easier for our consumers and businesses.  We encourage everyone to visit the website.”

Under the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance large supermarkets, such as Ralphs, Vons, Albertsons and Wal-Mart that are located in the City of Los Angeles, will no longer offer free single-use plastic carryout bags to the consumer.  Specifically, all full-line self-service retail stores with gross annual sales of over $2 million that sell dry groceries, canned goods or nonfood and perishable items will be affected by the Ordinance.  Stores with at least 10,000 square feet of retail space that generate sales or use tax and have a licensed pharmacy are also affected by the Ordinance.  These include stores such as CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens. As part of the campaign, LA Sanitation will distribute up to 50,000 free reusable bags to consumers at key locations throughout the City.

“This website is part of the City’s education and outreach campaign and is a convenient information resource for complying with and adapting to the new reusable bag policy,” said LA Sanitation Director Enrique C. Zaldivar. When you consider that plastic bags clog our storm drains and sewers; pollute our streets, parks and beaches; and make their way into our rivers and ocean where they endanger and kill marine life, it only makes sense that we all do our part to preserve our environment by bringing our own bags to the market.  It is a small inconvenience to pay to preserve the only environment we have,” Zaldivar underscored.

Photo courtesy of Sandra Lee.

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