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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Board of Sups bans plastic bags

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors took matters into their own hands today, passing a measure to ban plastic bags from stores that recently failed at the state level.

The LA Times says:  
The vote was 3-1, supported by Supervisors Gloria Molina, Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Zev Yaroslavsky, and opposed by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Supervisor Don Knabe was absent.

The ban, which will cover nearly 1.1 million residents countywide, is to the point: “No store shall provide to any customer a plastic carryout bag.” An exception would be made for plastic bags that are used to hold fruit, vegetables or raw meat in order to prevent contamination with other grocery items.

If grocers choose to offer paper bags, they must sell them for 10 cents each, according to the ordinance. The revenue will be retained by the stores to purchase the paper bags and educate customers about the law.
Personally, I save these darned bags and use them all the time at home. So I'm inconvenienced.... but I'll live. Obviously the greater environmental issue takes precedence.

Now, where can I find some very small trash bin liners for free?