Los Angeles on Tuesday became the largest city in the nation to move toward a ban on plastic grocery bags, with the City Council barring them in supermarkets, convenience stores and any big retailer that sells groceries.
Nearly three weeks after a similar measure was defeated in the California Legislature, the City Council voted 11-1 to prohibit the so-called “single use” plastic bags in pharmacies, food markets and any large store — including Target and Wal-Mart — that has a grocery section.
Councilman Paul Koretz described the ban as one of several environmental initiatives that have been embraced by the city, including a clean-truck program at the Port of Los Angeles and a push to build new rail lines. “Today we’re taking another big step forward,” he said.
Similar bans exist in many smaller cities and towns across the country, though Los Angeles is easily the largest city to move toward such a ban thus far. (D.C. was one of the first big cities, however. — Ed.) Any strong opinions on plastic bag bans among the SFB readership?
June 18, 2013 // 17:49 // 1 year ago