Monday, August 1, 2011

Long Beach Plastic Bag Ban Goes Into Effect

A plastic bag ban went into effect Monday in Long Beach.

The ban was enacted in May and it affects larger retailers like Target and Wal-Mart. The ban will extend to smaller retail stores Jan. 1, 2012.

The goal is to reduce litter and plastic waste by encouraging the use of reusable bags.

Single-use plastic bags cost cities in Los Angeles County up to 17 cents per bag to dispose of.

Businesses not offering perishable goods, like clothing stores, are exempt from the bag ban.

Retailers are allowed to provide customers with paper bags. But under the ordinance, they must charge 10 cents per bag.

The Automobile Club of Southern California said it is offering free reusable bags to members and nonmembers for a limited time while supplies last.

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