Plastic Bag Ban To Expand on July 1

Get ready to take your reusable bags to a new level in the coming days! Starting on July 1, 2014 Los Angeles will expand its current Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance to include smaller markets and grocery stores. 

The second phase of the Ordinance mandates that all grocers within the City of Los Angeles will no longer be allowed to provide free single-use plastic bags to customers and instead will be required to provide reusable bags for purchase. All stores will also be required to offer recyclable paper bags for a $0.10 fee to those customers without reusable bags. Phase one of the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance became effective on January 1, 2014.

“There are more than seven billion of us now living on a planet with increasingly scarce resources and we need to tread more lightly. We need to think more carefully about how we design the products we use most. If we’re going to use non-renewable resources like oil or gas, let’s not use them on something we’re only going to use once or twice, like a plastic bag,” stated Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz of the Fifth District, the author of the ordinance.

“This is an important next step for our city. Since the plastic bag ban for large stores took effect in January, Angelenos have started to shift the way they get groceries. We are more conscious about how these bags hurt the environment. By expanding the ban to all grocery stores and markets, Los Angeles is truly showing our commitment to a more responsible and sustainable future,” added Councilmember Paul Krekorian of the Second District.

To prepare for this next phase of the plastic bag ban ordinance, LA Sanitation will be giving away free reusable bags to residents on July 1 at select stores Citywide. Take a look at this listing to find a local store where LA Sanitation will be distributing reusable bags.  As your reusable bags get more use this summer, it’s good to remember all the great reasons why LA adopted this plastic bag ban in the first place. Here are just a few reminders:

  • Reusable bags protect the ocean. When plastic reaches our ocean, currents carry it into one of five subtropical areas called gyres.  Plastic pollution accumulates in these oceanic gyres, degrading the ocean and releasing toxic chemicals.
  • Reusable bags protect marine life. Once in our waterways and oceans, plastic bags endanger our marine life, which often mistake plastic bags for food or become entangled in them.
  • Reusable bags protect our communities. Plastic bags create litter in our parks, waterways, beaches and communities, creating an unsightly and unpleasant environment.
  • Reusable bags protect our resources. Valuable petroleum and natural gas resources – millions of gallons of oil are used annually – are used to make plastic bags.

Photos courtesy of Michael Francis McCarthy via flickr.com/creativecommons and LA Sanitation.

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    OSK REDDY
    July 27th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Let us adapt sustainable measures in all walks of life. The climatic situation is alarming. Be cautious we have only one planet to live.

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