Â Los AngelesÂ is going greener!
L.A. City Council Approves Ban on Plastic Bags and 10-Cent Fee for Paper Bags at convenience stores and supermarkets in this nation's second-largest city.
''The council's action authorizes an environmental
impact review on the bag ban that should take about four months to
complete and will be followed by the crafting of ordinances that likely
will be approved before the end of the year''
It means: stores throughout LA will be required to â€˜phase outâ€™
plastic bags very soon. Once the Â ban ordinance is enacted, larger
stores will have 6 months to stop handing out plastic bags, while
smaller stores will have up to a year. After that, all retailers will
charge 10 cents for each bag that they provide to customers.
The ban will most finally stop a shocking 2.7 billion plastic bags used each year from ending up in the trash. This will significantly reduce waste that goes to landfills as well as environmental pollutants.
Â Plastic bags are not only an environmental hazard but also a major cause of litter.
that already 'don't do plastic': San Francisco, Santa Monica, Malibu,
Manhattan Beach, Calabasas, Long Beach and Carpinteria.Â
Time to get your own bags!
Councilman Paul Koretz, a supporter of this ban said:
â€œThis day has been a long time in coming. This is a
historic vote making Los Angeles the biggest city in the nation in doing
away with an environmental problem.''