Los Angeles County’s Plastic Bag Ban Takes Effect Friday

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Los Angeles County’s ban on plastic bags, which is expected to be enforced in unincorporated areas, takes effect Friday.

It will first be phased in at grocery store chains, where shoppers now have to pay 10 cents for a recyclable paper bag unless they are paying with food stamps.

Food trucks and restaurants are exempt from the ban, which will be expanded to other stores in January.

Customers say remembering to bring their reusable bags isn’t easy.

“I have 30 bags at home and I forget them every time I leave my house,” shopper Joy Contreras tells CBS2’s Kirk Hawkins.

The ban, approved last November, aims to reduce the number of plastic bags that end up in landfills by 50 percent.

Heal the Bay estimates the state spends $25 million each year to collect and dispose of the bags.

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  1. alexfv says:

    i guess i got to start shopping in orange county or riverise county

  2. BLISS says:

    GREAT FINALLY SOMETHING WILL BE DONE ABOUT THIS SENSELESS TRASHING UP OF THE IMMEDIATE ENVIRONMENT – BY THE WAY HOW DID WE EVER LIVE BEFORE THIS INSANITY OF CONVENIENCE CAM INTO PRACTICE ? IF THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS PRACTICED SUCH CARELESS ABANDON IN CREATING RUBBISH LIKE WE DO WE WOULD HAVE NEVER EVER SEEN THE TIPS OF THE PYRAMIDS BECAUSE THEY WOULD BE LONG BURIED IN PILES OF PL ASTIC SHOPPING BAGS –
    WELL TOUGH GOING MR JOE CONTERERAS !!
    YOU WILL HAVE TO ACTUALLY USE YOU BRAIN BEFORE YOU GO SHOPPING AND REMEMBER TO BRING A BAG YOU CAN REUSE

  3. rick says:

    we used paper bag when i was a kid but we also didnt have to pay to use then i agree with getting rid of the plastic bags but not with chargeing for any other bag

  4. I love Plastic says:

    Thats cool. I still have the right to show up with my own plastic bags I have stored at tmy home from previous stores. But yet at dog parks the city still provides patic bags to pic up your doggs poop.? Makes no sense these policy makers.

  5. adolfo says:

    Illegals will have to use real lunch bags instead of those market bags which they bring their burritos in.

    1. Rudy says:

      Hopefully now they will use them to put over your head.

  6. Thomas Bleming says:

    About 25 percent of the Pacific Ocean has whole islands floating on the surface, this all is from plastic and foam rubber and styrene packaging, which eminates from the west coast (California).
    They say that within the next 50 years that most of the Pacific Ocean will be filled with plastic trash.
    This plastic does not decompose to be bio-degradeable. Plastic and foam rubber breaks down to where the marine life consumes it and if/when it is consumed by humans, we then get poisoned from this, due to the chemicals in the plastic, foam rubber, styrene.

    1. adolfo says:

      Don’t eat seafood then.

  7. Linda in L.A. says:

    This is ridiculous. People who have animals to clean up after or trash from house and yard will now need to PURCHASE plastic bags (instead of re-using those from shopping) in order to bundle up/throw away trash. Using plastic bags is mandatory at mobile home parks where dumpsters are used.

  8. Patrick Cervantes says:

    Sooooo…how come they can RECYCLE PLASTIC BOTTLES, but NOT plastic BAGS?? Mark As Violation

    1. Michael J. McDermott says:

      To: Patrick Cervantes.
      The answer to that is, because it’s a different type of plastic.

  9. Michael J. McDermott says:

    Biodegradable bags.

  10. IrritatedVoter says:

    Do gooders need to be tied up with plastic bags and thrown into the ocean, weighted down.

  11. bin liners says:

    This is good news since environmental degradation is a problem the world over. Polythene bags have also been banned in my country Uganda. Hope more countries follow suit.
    bin liners

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