PASADENA, Calif. (CBS) — The City of Pasadena is following the lead of Los Angeles County to ban plastic bags at local grocery stores.

Los Angeles County’s ban on plastic bags, which is enforced in unincorporated areas, took effect on July 8.

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

Critics said there are complaints from areas that already enforce the bag bans. 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.

Ursula Schmidt, an official from the Environmental Advisory Committee, said other plans are in the works to mitigate the cost of reusable bags.

The proposal will be up for a vote in Pasadena City Council within the next few weeks.


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