West Hollywood News
Plastic Bag Ban Begins In West Hollywood
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Feb 19, 2013 - 7:44:35 PM

WEST HOLLYWOOD—Beginning Wednesday, February 20, single-use plastic bags will be banned at West Hollywood stores.
Photo courtesy of WeHo.org.

The ban was approved by the City Council last August and will affect stores that are at least 10,000 square feet in an effort to reduce waste and litter. Smaller stores in West Hollywood that have a square footage less than 10,000 feet will have until August 20 to comply with the ban.

Dry cleaners, restaurants and farmers markets are still allowed to use single-use plastic bags. In addition, light-weight and hand-less plastic bags are permitted for produce and raw meat in grocery stores.

Shoppers will have to bring their own reusable bags or buy paper bags at the store for ten cents each that are made from at least 40 percent recycled material. According to the city's website, the fee does not apply to those who qualify for subsidized groceries.

"Plastic bags are produced from non-renewable resources. Fewer bags help conserve our limited resources," states the city website. "The costs of 'free' single-use bags are passed on to consumers at checkout, and to taxpayers who pay for litter clean-up."

Cities that have a similar ban on plastic bags for stores include Santa Monica, Malibu and Long Beach.

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