CITY COUNCIL APPROVES BAN ON SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAGS
May 24, 2012
The Los Angeles City Council approved a motion by Los Angeles City Councilmembers Eric Garcetti and Jose Huizar to implement a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.
The Garcetti-Huizar motion, which clarified a law originally proposed by Councilmember Paul Koretz, gives large retailers six months and small retailers 12 months to stop using plastic shopping bags. After 12 months, all retailers would be required to charge a 10-cent fee for paper bags. After the program has been implemented for two years, the Bureau of Sanitation will report to the council on the program's results and make recommendations to strengthen and expand it.
Prior to the Council debate on the motion, Garcetti joined environmental advocates to rally support for the proposal.
The motion that was approved this week directed the City Attorney's Office to draft an ordinance that will come back to the City Council for final approval.