Los Angeles has finally come down hard on the wastful practice of using plastic bags in its grocery stores by banning their free distribution, effectively putting an end to their use. The law is less intrusive than an outright ban, and hopefully will do much to reduce the constant deluge of plastic that gets swept up in the breezy city's streets.
Los Angeles became the biggest city in the country to ban free plastic bags in grocery stores following a city council vote Tuesday.
The 9-1 vote supports a ban that will take effect Jan. 1 for large stores, City News Service reported. Under the law, shoppers will have to tote their own bags, or pay 10 cents each for paper bags.
About $2 million a year is spent to clean up plastic bag litter in Los Angeles. Sanitation authorities estimate more than 228,000 bags are distributed in the city every hour.