los angeles says yes to re-usable grocery bags, no to plastic
Away from plastic bags, Angel.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council took its first step to make the city the largest city in the United States. S.
The city government banned the use of plastic bags at grocery stores in order to keep them away from the streets, beaches and the Pacific Ocean.
1 Preliminary approval of the measure, which will ban plastics while allowing consumers to buy paper bags at a fixed price of 10 cents to encourage them to buy them againusable sack.
The rules will apply to businesses from supermarkets to pharmacies that sell groceries, and the program is supported by environmental activists and the California grocery store Association.
City officials estimate that if the regulation comes into effect on January, 2 billion plastic bags will be eliminated in a year.
£ 2014 for large stores, 6 months after small stores.
First, the measure must be returned to the city council next week for another vote to be formally adopted.
\"We \'ve seen plastic bags jam our ditch, pollute our rivers and pile up on our beaches,\" said Los Angeles city councillor José Huiza in a statement.
He added that the proposed ban \"sends a strong and clear message to every major city in the country\" to follow in Los Angeles.
Nearly 80 local governments in California, including San Francisco and San Jose, have banned plastic bags, and Maui, Hawaii.
If the Los Angeles measures take effect
Ron Fang, Chairman and CEO of the California Grocery Store Association, said California residents will live in a city that prohibits bags.
Some environmental activists are also pushing for a ban on plastic grocery bags in New York.
Kirsten James said that such measures are necessary because bags that drift into the water lanes can hurt birds and fish, which often mistake small pieces of plastic for food, director of Science and Policy for the environmental organization \"healing the Bay.
James said the researchers have determined that the film in the sack is the main source of the rotation of plastic in the vortex caused by the Pacific Ocean flow.
\"In our society, there is obviously an addiction to being single --
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Using plastic, the law is a starting point to look at our disposable society, \"she said.
Fang said his organization believes the ban will not bring huge financial costs to retailers.
\"In fact, the inconvenience to our consumers will be education,\" he said . \".
Los Angeles City Council regulations will allow poor people with food vouchers or other forms of federal aid to get paper bags free of charge.
Hilex Poly, a bag manufacturing and recycling company that opposes the ban on plastic bags, noted on its website that 90% of consumers reuse plastic bags.
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A Hilex Poly-based reporter could not be reached for comment. (
Report by Alex Dobuzinskis;
Edited by Cynthia Johnston and Cynthia Ottoman)