History will be made November 16th. Please join Heal the Bay in supporting the Board of Supervisors as they vote to ban plastic bags in Los Angeles County unincorporated areas. The rally will precede the meeting on the steps of the Hall of Administration. Please stay and testify in support of the ordinance. With a population of over a million people, this will be the largest municipality in the country to ban the use of plastic bags.
Please RSVP if you will be joining us. We’ll keep you updated on any changes as the Board can postpone any agenda item at their discretion. Don't forget to wear blue.
Californians use more than 19 billion plastic grocery and merchandise bags each year, roughly 552 bags per person. This usage generates 147,038 tons of unnecessary waste — enough to stretch around the globe over 250 times.
Californians throw away over 600 plastic bags per second.
California taxpayers spend millions to collect and landfill plastic bag waste each year. That figure does not include external costs, e.g. resource extraction and depletion, quality of life issues, economic loss due to plastic bag litter.
U.S. consumers use 100 billion plastic bags annually, which are all made from fossil fuels.
Where does the ban apply?
The ban would include neighborhoods in Los Angeles County unincorporated areas. The areas that are not part of the 88 cities considered to be unincorporated L.A. County. More than 65% of Los Angeles County is unincorporated. For the 1 million people living in these areas, the Board of Supervisors and County Departments provide the municipal services.
Are all plastic carry out bags banned?
Yes. Plastic carryout bags are any bag made predominantly of plastic (either petroleum or a biologically-based source, such as corn or other plants) provided to a customer at the cash register.
Will I get a paper bag instead?
During manufacturing, both paper and plastic bags emit global warming gases, create water pollution and use raw materials and energy. Paper is not the answer. If you didn’t bring a reusable bag and you must have a bag, you will have to buy a paper bag for 10 cents.
The paper bags must be 100% recyclable and contain a minimum of 40% postconsumer recycled material and display the word "Recyclable" in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bag.
What do I put my green beans and meat in?
The ban does not include produce bags or product bags. That means any bag without handles used exclusively to carry produce, meats, bread or other food items to the cash register, will not be included in the ban.
What happens to the 10 cents collected by the store?
Monies collected by a store for paper bags will be retained by the store and may be used only for:
Costs associated with complying with the requirements of the ban
Actual costs of providing recyclable paper carryout bags
Costs associated with a store's educational materials or education campaign encouraging the use of reusable bags
What if I can’t afford reusable bags?
All stores must provide bags free of charge to any customer participating either in the California Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children or in the Supplemental Food Program
What stores are covered by the ban?
Hopefully you will make the choice to use reusable bags everywhere, but plastic carry out bags will no longer be available at any of the following retail establishments located within the unincorporated area of the County: