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West Hollywood latest city to ban plastic bags

August 21, 2012 |  8:14 am

Plastic bag ban

The West Hollywood City Council adopted an ordinance Monday night banning single-use plastic bags at store checkout lines.

It is the latest in a string of California cities that include Santa Monica, Long Beach and Pasadena to adopt such a ban.

"Local governments have been charged, I think rightfully so, to reduce the amount of waste we put in the waste system," said West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang. Plastic bags "are costing us money and filling up landfills," he said.

The ban is intended to reduce landfill waste and to encourage residents to shop with reusable bags or paper bags made with recycled materials.

Under the ordinance, stores can provide paper bags made with at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, but must charge 10 cents for each one as an incentive to encourage reusables. Customers who qualify for subsidized groceries will not be required to pay the bag fee.

Larger retailers — those with buildings of 10,000 square feet or more — will be required to stop using plastic bags within six months. Smaller stores have a year to comply. Farmer's markets, restaurants and other food service providers are excluded from the ban.

West Hollywood's plastic bag ordinance met with little resistance, officials said.


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Photo: The city of West Hollywood voted to adopt a plastic bag ban Monday night in an effort to encourage residents to use reusable bags. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times