Plastic Grocery Bags Banned in L.A. County Starting in 2011

by Karoline Steavenson

The Los Angeles Times and other local news outlets reported Tuesday that the L.A.

County Board of Supervisors approved a ban on plastic grocery bags countywide

starting  July 1, 2011. Food and drug stores will no longer be allowed to bag customers’

items in plastic bags. Customers can carry their goods home in paper bags, but those will cost $0.10 each.

Here is the portion of the ordinance that gives the details of the new law:

“Approve and adopt the Ordinance banning plastic carryout bags at all supermarkets and other grocery stores, convenience stores, food marts, pharmacies, and drug stores located in the County unincorporated areas, while requiring stores that provide recyclable paper carryout bags to impose a charge of ten (10) cents per bag to a customer, effective beginning July 1, 2011, for certain affected stores and January 1, 2012, for all other affected stores.”

Rong-Gong Lin II, reporting for the L.A. Times, wrote that, “In Los Angeles County alone, 6 billion plastic bags are used each year, an average of 1,600 bags per household a year. Government figures show that only about 5% are recycled.”

In conversations about plastic grocery bags I have sometimes heard dog owners complain that they need plastic grocery bags to clean up after their dogs. Consumers can buy plastic quart and gallon size bags at many dollar stores for that purpose.  They can also buy dog clean up bags from many pet supply stores.

Petco Waste Clean Up Bags – 100 for $8.47

Kyjen Pooch Pick Up – 100 for $4.81


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