May 24, 2012- On Wednesday, the city of Los Angeles approved a law banning plastic bags at checkout lines in supermarkets. Los Angeles is the largest city in the U.S to enact such a law. The new law gives a big victory to advocates of clean-water who have sought to cut down on the clogging of landfills, the ocean and the areas major waterways.
Helped by Julia Louis-Dreyfus plus a myriad of different environmental groups, LA City Council officials voted nearly unanimously to start to phase out the use of all plastic bags within the next year in what is estimated to be over 7,500 locations.
One councilman said it was time to send a message to state lawmakers in Sacramento that the new law should be statewide. The members of the council backed away from a plan that was more controversial to include in the ban the use of paper bags.
The vote on Wednesday kicked off an environmental review for four months for the bag removal. That review will be followed by an ordinance that will effectively put the new law into force.
Stores that are larger will then be given six months in order to phase out all plastic bags and smaller markets will receive 12 months to complete the phase out. Paper bags will still be used but retailers must charge $0.10 each starting 12 months following the plastic bag ban.