The Los Angeles County is going ahead with the largest plastic bag ban ever to be implemented in the US. The ban in the LA County indicates that it will be enforced among a population of 1.1 million people, which is not a small number.
The county supervisors also said that the ban prevents stores from giving customers single-use plastic bags and would require them to charge 10 cents for each paper bag. The places where the ban has not been incorporated include those parts outside of the 88 major cities.
County supervisors approved the measure 3-1 on Tuesday in hopes of preventing billions of bags from polluting neighborhoods and waterways. The decision is expected to yield the desired results.
The charging of 10 cents is sure to act as an incentive to start adopting reusable bags. The ban will go into effect next year. It also means a lot of saved oil and a lot of plastic waste spared from the landfill.
Earlier, Julia Brownley, California state assemblywoman, had tried to pass a statewide ban in August but was in vain. Brownley has been an outspoken critic of the use of plastic bags, saying only a very small percentage is recycled and that they take hundreds of years to decompose.
She responded to the new ban decision by saying that this is just the beginning of a wave of bans against single-use plastic bags across California.