Ovation: The Beginning Of LA’s Plastic Bag Ban.
There used to be a time when we had dozens of plastic grocery bags in our house. We found them handy for many different uses. Eventually we found that with each trip to the supermarket we found ourselves with far more bags than we could use. We used the plastic bag recycling bins provided by the larger stores but the bags seemed to rapidly multiply nonetheless.
We realized that we were clogging the landfills and harming the environment.
It’s been several years now since I started carrying a small battalion of reusable shopping bags in the trunk of my car. We’ve learned to make do without the plastic bags around the house and carrying groceries home in the bags has become commonplace. In fact, we rarely have a plastic bag around the house when we need one!
The city of Los Angeles, California, has taken the first step to phase out plastic bags altogether. Under a new law that began yesterday, shoppers in the city will now have to pay ten cents for a recyclable paper bag at large retail stores unless they bring their own reusable bags. Currently, stores that make more than two million dollars per year, such as local supermarket chains Vons and Ralphs, are affected by the change while smaller independent markets won’t be affected by the new law until July 1, 2014. The city of Los Angeles is now believed to be the largest of nearly ninety American cities to ban plastic bags and its citizens reportedly use about two billion single-use plastic bags every year.
Every time I see a plastic bag blowing along the side of the road I’m reminded of how many of them are floating about. I favor the banning of plastic bags and hope that laws of this nature quickly expands to other cities around the world.
What do you think of LA’s plastic bag ban?
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