Banning plastic bags in grocery, convenience stores and pharmacies (Single-Use Bag Ordinance)
Los Angeles COUNTY, CA
How you can benefit
Plastic litter ends up in our water and breaks into toxic microplastics that end up in the flesh (tissue) of fish people eat. And cats, turtles, and other animals accidentally eat plastic bags and choke, or their stomach gets lined with bags so they cannot eat, or they get poisoned by plastic. Businesses like Nelson Garcia of Alba Snacks agree plastic bags are unnecessary. That's partly why the county created the Single Use Bag Ordinance to:
- Stop giving customers plastic carryout bags (produce bags or product bags are exempt).
- Make available to customers recyclable paper carryout bags or reusable carryout bags.
- Charge customers using recyclable paper carryout bags $0.10 per bag.
- Give free paper or reusable bags to customers in the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) or CalFresh/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- Indicate the number of recyclable paper carryout bags provided and the total amount charged for the bags on customer receipts.
Why this is a leading policy
The ordinance affects over one million residents and about 800 stores. Unlike bans like San Francisco's, it requires businesses to submit quarterly reports.
Who can take action
BUDGET TO COORDINATE THE PROGRAM
Penalties include a written warning, then a fine not exceeding $100 for the first violation, up to $200 for the second, and up to $500 for subsequent violations. Fines help the Department of Public Works enforce the ordinance.
Coby Skye, Associate Civil Engineer LA County, (626) 458-5163, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 25, 2015