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Long Beach to expand ban on plastic bags

December 28, 2011 | 12:55 pm

Long Beach's ban on plastic bags will expand to include smaller businesses, such as sandwich shops and liquor stores, beginning on New Year's Day

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Long Beach's ban on plastic bags will expand to include many smaller businesses, such as liquor stores, beginning on New Year's Day.

"Our plastic bag ban has been very successful in helping to reduce litter in our neighborhoods," Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal said in a statement. "By promoting the use of reusable bags and expanding the ban, we are helping make Long Beach an even cleaner city to live, work and visit."

The expansion is part of a citywide effort to eliminate the use of carryout bags. Long Beach is the largest city in Los Angeles County to ban plastic bags, city officials say.

The plastic-bag ban, which includes a 10-cent fee per paper bag, was approved in May by the City Council. The first phase of the ban, which included larger retailers such as supermarkets, went into effect in August.

In the second phase, smaller retailers will be affected, including pharmacies, bodegas, farmers markets and convenience stores, according to the city. Sandwich shops and coffee shops are excluded from the ban.

For more information, retailers and residents can visit www.litterfreelb.org, email info@litterfreelb.org or call (562) 570-2876.

[For the record, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 28: An earlier version of this post said the ban included Long Beach sandwich shops. City officials later issued a correction stating sandwich shops were excluded.]


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Photo: Long Beach's ban on plastic bags, already in effect for larger retailers such as supermarkets, will soon expand to smaller businesses. Credit: Elaine Thompson / Associated Press