LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Starting with the new year, small neighborhood markets, drugs stores and convenience stores in parts of Los Angeles County are banned from distributing plastic bags.

The bags are blamed for everything from clogging storm drains to choking sea animals, KNX 1070′s Vytas Safronikas reports.

The ban includes Long Beach, Lennox, Bel Air, Marina del Rey, El Camino Village, Stevenson Ranch and Castaic as Los Angeles County phases out the sheer, single-use bags.

Los Angeles County’s ordinance took effect on July 1 and applies to stores with annual gross sales of at least $2 million, or with 10,000 square feet of retail space. Stores will provide paper bags for 10 cents each.

Comments (8)
  1. Ian Durner says:

    so now there are going to make a profit off of paper bags on top of the massive grocery mark-up profits they already see. what a crock of #%$&.

  2. Xen says:

    More jobs heading down to texas

  3. Dinah Khanser says:

    Liberal Fascism rears it’s ugly head again!

    @ Ian: those “massive grocery markup profits” you speak of, are in the single digit range’
    And that’s IF grocers manage distribution and the massive risk of having a mostly perishable inventory correctly.
    Many in the past didn’t and went out of business.
    It’s certainly not a business for the faint hearted.
    Maybe you should work at a grocery store for a while to see first hand what the grocery business is all about..

    The vast majority of people that buy groceries from a grocery store, take the bags home and store them other uses or dispose of them in their home garbage.
    The plastic bags “in the wild” almost all come from fast food joints & point of sale convenience / liquor stores.
    There simply is no opportunity for grocery store customers to litter their bags as they depend on them to hold their groceries until they get to their homes and unpack them.
    Think about that.
    The LA City Council obviously didn’t.

  4. Corinne Anderson says:

    Plastic bags should be recycled.

  5. Tyrone says:

    When you go to the check out. have them put the grocerys back it to the basket and have a out check person walk you to your car and load them in your car as a sign of protest! were does it state that you have to buy a bag?

  6. Everyday Guy says:

    I remember when narrow minded short sighted progressives promoted plastic bags over paper bags to save trees. Note how every 5 years, the left changes its mind on any issue.

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