Los Angeles Passes Ban On Plastic Bags


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Los Angeles has become the biggest city in the U.S. to ban the lowly plastic bag, according to the Los Angeles Times. The City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags at 7,500 markets over the next year, while allowing stores to continue to sell paper bags at $.10 each to customers who don’t bring their own bags. Santa Monica, California has already had the ban in place since last year and now the rest of Los Angeles will as well.

“Plastic harms our environment. It is a threat to the coastal economy. It is a danger to marine life and it is an unconscionable burden to taxpayers who have to foot the bill for cleanups year after year,” said attorney H. David Nahai, a former top executive at the Department of Water and Power.

I am hopeful that as goes California so goes the rest of the nation and we can stop using these single-use plastic bags for good in the coming years. It is crazy that in 2012 we still rely on such an old stand-by to carry our groceries a single time and then, if we’re lucky, the bags end up in the landfill (and not in the ocean) where they sit for hundreds of years.

Is this really worth keeping plastic bags around?

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I think not. Thank you, City Council of Los Angeles.

Plastic Bags Landfill image from BigStock.

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  1. Toronto’s in now too–as of January1 2013.
    Thing is, what do you set your garbage and compost recycling stuff in for pick-up from “garbage bin” and “green bin”?
    I guess we’ll be able to buy bags to throw into these bins at Canadian Tire / Home Depot–I don’t mind paying, especially if they are of that semi-biodegradable plastic that’s appearing now.
    Of course, I suppose this kind of garbage could go into old newspapers…but any other suggestions, especially container-wise? (I know, make less garbage, have a compost pile…but what else?) Is there any bio-friendly material a bag can be made of?

  2. Christine, it’s not a ban on buying plastic bags, but rather a ban on grocery stores giving out plastic bags for customers to carry home their goods in. You can still buy plastic trash bags in the store.

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