L.A. largest city to ban plastic bags.

29 May 2012

Photo credit: Macartisan @ Flickr

Over the past few years, Arthur and I have blogged about a trend of state and local initiatives seeking to ban plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines.  While California has not enacted a state-wide prohibition (yet), last week Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to approve such a ban.  The City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags over the next 12 months at an estimated 7,500 stores.  The result – shoppers will need to bring reusable bags or purchase paper bags for 10 cents each.  Michigan looked at this a few years ago, but there is no legislation pending at this time.


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  1. Alan Yu 04. Jun, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    Washington DC, where I live, did this about two years ago. The opponents at the time talked about businesses suffering and the city gouging residents, especially the poor. People on neighborhood listservs said they’d buy their groceries in MD. I haven’t seen recent statistics on any of the above, but what everyone has noticed is nearly everyone has foregone plastic for cloth, and the near absence of plastic bags floating along sidewalks, in parks, etc. It reminded me of the angst and then the behavior modification/litter disappearance in Michigan in the 70s after the state passed the bottle/can deposit. The power of price signaling.

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