24 May '12, 5pm

L.A. becomes largest city in the nation to ban plastic bags

L.A. becomes largest city in the nation to ban plastic bags

It is estimated that Californians use 12 billion plastic bags a year — and that less than 5 percent of those bags are recycled. But that number is destined to dwindle now that the Los Angeles City Council has voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic shopping bags over the next 16 months at nearly 7,500 stores. The ban makes Los Angeles the largest city in the country to banish plastic bags at the checkout line, delivering a long and hard-fought victory to environmental advocates, and a headache to plastic bag manufacturers. Shoppers will still be able to request paper bags, for a charge of 10 cents each. The decision came after years of campaigning by activists who argued that a ban would reduce trash in landfills, as well as in local waterways and the ocean, reports the Los Angeles Times . Council members were encouraged to take measures by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and an ar...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/politics/stories/la-beco...

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