LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Angelenos will soon have to bring their own bag to their favorite supermarket – and local officials want to make sure everyone’s ready for the transition.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports starting Jan. 1, the city’s ban on single-use plastic carry-out bags will take effect, requiring residents to start using reusable bags.

In June, Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to enact such a ban, joining similar measures in Long Beach, Pasadena, West Hollywood and other major Southland cities.

In an effort to prepare residents, local leaders are partnering with food retailers – as part of the city’s Bring your Own Bag campaign – to help Angelenos make the transition to reusable bags.

Councilmember Tom LaBonge served as a “Special Guest Bagger” Tuesday at the Pavilions store on Melrose to distribute free reusable bags to customers and remind them of plastic’s downside.

“When the plastic blows down the street, it goes down the drain, when it goes down the drain, it goes in the ocean, when it goes in the ocean, it goes into Charlie Tuna,” LaBonge said. “When it goes into Charlie Tuna, it’s not good.”

Vons and Pavilions stores across the city are distributing free reusable bags through Jan. 11 or while supplies last.

Placards are also on display in stores to inform customers of the impending ban and remind them to bring reusable bags when they shop.

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