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Weho Plastic Bag Ban Begins for Large Stores

Supermarkets, pharmacies and retail stores bigger than 10,000 square feet must stop distributing single-use plastic shopping bags.

The following is a press release from the city of West Hollywood.

The West Hollywood Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance (Plastic Bag Ban) goes into effect for retail establishments and supermarkets of at least 10,000 square feet on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 and for retail establishments smaller than 10,000 square feet on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

The ordinance bans single-use carryout shopping bags at the point of sale from all pharmacy, grocery, and retail stores in West Hollywood.

The City’s Plastic Bag Ban is based on the ban currently in effect in Los Angeles County. It is similar to laws in neighboring cities, including Santa Monica, Malibu, Calabasas and Long Beach.

The purpose of the ban on single-use plastic bags is to encourage sustainability by substituting plastic bags with durable and long-lasting reusable bags and paper bags made from recycled materials; as well as reduce costs to businesses, consumers, taxpayers and the environment. A ban on single-use plastic bags eliminates a major source of litter and marine debris and helps to create local green jobs.

Through this initiative, residents have the opportunity to personally contribute toward reducing waste in the City.

Impacted retail businesses will include the following:

  • Supermarkets and large retail establishments over 10,000 square feet
  • Small retail stores under 10,000 square feet
  • 10-cent fee for paper bags to be retained by each retailer to help cover the costs of stocking paper bags and any related outreach or promotional efforts.
  • Paper bags will be required to contain 40% post-consumer recycled content.

Exemptions include the following:

  • Customers who qualify for subsidized groceries will be exempt from the paper bag fee.
  • Light-weight plastic bags without handles for transporting produce and raw meat products to the point of sale.
  • Restaurants and other food service providers who provide plastic bags to customers for prepared take-out food intended for off-premises consumption.
  • Dry cleaners and farmers markets.

For more information, regarding the Plastic Bag Ban, please visit www.weho.org/plasticbagban.

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Karen February 24, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Please feel free to walk around your neighborhood and pick up the plastic bags that have collected in bushes and on lawns.
Karen February 24, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Aren't your meats and veggies in plastic bags? If you are that concerned with germs, wash your cloth bags with some bleach when required. I've been using reusable bags for many years and seriously the only problem I have have is that I sometimes forget to put them in my car or bring them in the market. That might happen twice a year and is a really small inconvenience considering how that bags can harm not only the environment but wildlife as well. Paul, do beach clean up sometime and it will open your eyes quite a bit as to why people are for these bans.
Shawn Thompson April 03, 2013 at 08:07 PM
have to say I love a good debate or discussion, freedom of speech and press and ideas are what has made this country great. And social media has leveled the field in the exchange of ideas and information. With that being said I got into a discussion about the WEHO city councils move to jump on the banning of plastic bags in our city under the feel good buzz words of its good for the environment. But to me when I look past the spin what I see now is that the supers markets get to charge 10 cents a bag now, where before they were free. Which makes them more money bottom line. Secondly paper bags were free before so why not have just banned plastic bags? Thirdly the real plastic monster is inside the super markets that are full of plastic everything because the large corporations have mastered the art of the cheap packing costs of plastic. Not to mention the re-usable bags are made of a heavier plastic which I think would stay larger in bigger pieces in the environment.....In the end a while ago I saw this video and was reminded of it today. it shows where the plastic monster lives in the environment, that being the packaging of soda liter tops etc. Take a few mins to watch it, its a very powerful story and the next time your at a super market look at all the plastic on the shelves and the ruse of making us all pay for a bag now which in the end makes the supper markets more money. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN8JYhByVYg&feature=player_embedded
Stephen Joseph April 03, 2013 at 09:56 PM
See the six-minute movie: "Are you being told the truth about plastic bags?" www.plasticbagmovie.com
scott ferguson April 03, 2013 at 11:51 PM
If you are outraged over stores charging a dime for a bag, then bring your own bag like I and a lot of other people did long before this law. Is that so difficult?

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