Non-TV Story: L.A. Becomes Biggest City in U.S. to Ban Plastic Bags. Two Billion Plastic Bags are Used Annually By Angelenos CBS Los Angeles
"The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday gave its final approval to an ordinance that requires Los Angeles to ban single-use plastic bags," reports the website of CBS Los Angeles.
The story continues, "The ordinance, which will prohibit large stores grossing more than $2 million a year from handing out plastic grocery bags, will take effect Jan. 1, 2014. It will go into effect [six months later for smaller] stores that carry limited groceries, including liquor stores and independent markets."
The article adds, "Under the law, customers will be required to provide personal reusable bags when visiting stores or pay 10 cents per paper bag."
The story notes that "Nearly two billion single-use plastic bags and 400 million paper bags are distributed annually in Los Angeles, according Heal the Bay, a non-profit environmental organization.
"Los Angeles, which is the largest city in the country to ban plastic bags, spends about $2 million a year cleaning up litter related to the non-biodegradable bags. Similar bans are already in effect for West Hollywood, Laguna Beach, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach and several cities in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County."