(Los Angeles, CA) — Los Angeles County Supervisors passed an ordinance this week that will ban the use of plastic carry out bags at grocery stores in unincorporated areas of the county.
The “Los Angeles Times” reports the ban will affect about one-point-one million people living in the areas under the control of the county supervisors.
The ordinance also requires stores to charge ten cents per paper bag.
That is to keep people from simply switching to paper bags.
The goal is to reduce waste and to encourage people to switch to reusable cloth bags.
The ten cent surcharge for paper bags is not a tax, since the grocer will keep the money.
The three-to-one vote was split along partisan lines with the three Democrats voting in favor of the ban and one Republican voting against it.
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