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.READ MORE: Kern County Sheriff's Deputy Phillip Campas Killed, Another Wounded In Wasco Standoff
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.READ MORE: Suspect Shot, Killed By Officers In West LA
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.MORE NEWS: Search Suspended For Woman Possibly Missing In Ocean Near Santa Monica Pier
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.