LOS ANGELES (CBS) — An effort to allow only reusable bags at Los Angeles grocery stores may sound like a political long-shot, but one city councilman thinks the public will eventually warm up to the initiative.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports just the suggestion of such a ban raised the eyebrows of several Southland shoppers.

The measure introduced by City Councilman Paul Koretz would prohibit all single-use plastic and paper bags in L.A. supermarkets and would require stores to sell or provide complimentary reusable or fiber bags only or risk a fine.

Koretz said that while banning plastic bags helps reduce land and ocean pollution, the single-use paper bag still contributes significantly to the local waste stream.

Some local shoppers, however, were less than enthused about the proposal.

“I think they can find a different way to make improvements to the city,” one man said.

“It’d probably be good for the planet in the long run, but short-term I could see it being a nightmare,” another shopper said.

The measure still has to clear the Energy and Environment Committee, but proponents believe the waste reduction aspect of the bill will be a strong selling point that would leapfrog L.A. ahead of cities like San Francisco and Santa Monica in the battle against bag pollution.

Comments (454)
  1. sigh - another political ploy says:

    Will Heal The Bay and other organizations be providing volunteers with burlap sacks or paper bags on Clean Up Day – yeah, probably not ….

  2. Valerie Barrett says:

    Really? This won’t do a damn thing for or against our planet. Please. Just give us our paper bags. Don’t be so ridiculous. There are more important things in the world to take away or change to make a bigger and better impact on the planet at large. And it is a very large planet.

  3. Tim says:

    Will Rogers said it’s probably a good thing we don’t get all the government we pay for, and this proves him right once again, as if we need more intrusive, expensive social engineering from that pinko nitwit Koretz. The proximate cause of environmental problems is simply too many people, and some smug yenta thinking she’s living an environmentally correct life by driving her hybrid SUV to the mall with her recycling, then bringing home over-packaged consumer goods from Whole Foods in a reusable shopping bag is feel-good nonsense that doesn’t help the earth one bit. The problem is not plastic bags, but the multitude of brown people throwing them carelessly on the ground (this last statement is clearly inflammatory, but go to a park this weekend, and see who throws their litter on the ground. It’s socio-economic, of course, but true…though I have met environmentally conscious Latinos).

  4. Manuel Martinez says:

    Project GreenBag is the sustainable, eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags. 100% organic cotton, biodegradable, and made in San Francisco California.

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