Los Angeles moves forward with ban on plastic bags

23 May 2012 22:28  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The Los Angeles city council on Wednesday approved a plan to implement a ban on plastic bags throughout the city.

Large retailers will have a six-month public education period before the ban takes effect. Smaller retailers will have an additional six months to implement the ban, said spokesman David Graham-Caso.

After the ban is fully adopted, customers will have the option to pay 10 cents to use paper bags at stores, which mirrors the policy of Los Angeles County, Graham-Caso said.

The actual policy banning the use of plastic bags by retailers was passed four years ago by the city council.

At the time the state of California was close to passing a comprehensive implementation plan, but it never came to fruition, Graham-Caso said.

As a result, it fell back on local governments to implement their own plans.

According to media reports, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) was opposed to the ban, saying recycling was a better solution than an outright ban.

By: Bobbie Clark
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