Studio City News
Studio City Votes to Ban Plastic Bags
By Camille Sarabia
Jun 26, 2013 - 10:12:57 PM

STUDIO CITY—The Los Angeles City Council has decided to ban single use plastic bags in the area. The decision was made on June 18 and will go into enactment starting January 1, 2014. 

 

The Los Angeles area is now considered the largest area in the United States to ban plastic bags.  Coming January, customers will need to provide their own grocery bags or purchase paper bags from the grocery stores for 10 cents.  According to the ban, larger stores have 6 months to transition out of their plastic usage and retail stores are given 12 months.  Stores whose gross amount is over $2 million a year or who have an area of over 10,000 square feet will have to comply with the ban, whereas, smaller stores will have until July 1, 2014 to make the necessary changes.

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Plastic filling up a landfill.

 

Paul Krekorian, the current councilman for the majority of the Studio City has expressed his dislike of plastic bags in the area and the trouble that they cause.  He is determined to provide a more eco-friendly city for the environment and the citizens of Studio City.  He shows his adamant activism towards the ban by saying, “Enough waiting for the Legislature to act on this.”  

 

Plastic bag use is considered a hazard to the environment and strain the government’s resources in order to clean up the mess the plastic produces.  They enter landfills, waterways and the ocean, which makes it the city’s job to remove them.  Every year, Americans use 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags and 380 billion are in the U.S. alone.  The government is trying to lower this number.  In accordance to the usage of plastic bags, every year around 100 billion plastic bags are being thrown away, which is equivalent to dumping 12 million barrels of oil.  California spends $25 million to clean up the plastic at landfills and Los Angeles spends $2 million each year. 

 

Although this ban is currently hitting California, it has spread across the country previously.  The ban started in San Francisco stores and has the power to not only expand the stores in select cities, but in the state as a majority as well.  Statistics predict that by the end of 2014, 30% of California will be covered by laws regulating paper and plastic bag usage. 

 

This issue has become a main priority for the Los Angeles area and the vote was almost unanimous.  Campaign groups prevailed as the ban’s results were 11-1 from the council.

 

In addition to banning plastic bags, education seminars will be conducted to educate the Los Angeles area about the specific dangers that plastic produces.  The council instructed the Bureau of Sanitation with the duty to inform the public and to encourage the usage of reusable bags.



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