South Bay

City of Los Angeles Plastic Bag Ban

Victory | June 26 2013

Plastic Pollution

After a ten-year process, Los Angeles became the largest city in the United States to ban plastic checkout bags in June 2013! The reusable bag ordinance includes a ten-cent fee on paper bags as the incentive to remember your reusable bags or to go without a bag for small purchases. The measure passed 11-1 and shows the commitment of city councilmembers to take action on plastic pollution. It is set to take effect beginning January 2014. Congrats to Surfrider's South Bay and West LA/Malibu Chapters along with all of the coalition members that supported this bag ban: Heal The Bay, Environment California and a host of other groups and inspiring activists.

Plastic Pollution

Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

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Bill Hickman

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