L.A. County passes sweeping ban on plastic bags

November 16, 2010 | 12:46 pm
Enacting one of the nation's most aggressive environmental measures, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban plastic grocery bags in unincorporated areas of the county.
The vote was 3-1, supported by Supervisors Gloria Molina, Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Zev Yaroslavsky, and opposed by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Supervisor Don Knabe was absent.
 The ban, which will cover nearly 1.1 million residents countywide, is to the point: “No store shall provide to any customer a plastic carryout bag.” An exception would be made for plastic bags that are used to hold fruit, vegetables or raw meat in order to prevent contamination with other grocery items.
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Patricia said...

This is great I am so glad LA passed this law. As with any new change there will be people opposing it giving reasons as to why this law will be a hardship. Old habits die hard. Forty years ago plastic bags was not the norm and everyone used paper or had their own bag. We need to get away from using plastic and paper and start using reusuables bags.

Green Bag Lady Teresa said...

Patricia, I so very much agree, thanks for commenting. I hope other cities follow soon.

Roberta said...

Woo Hoo...way to go L.A. ;) Thanks for being the first to set such a wonderful example!