City of Los Angeles Bag Ban
The City of Los Angeles is working on an ordinance that would ban plastic bags and place a ten cent fee on paper checkout bags at grocery stores and other retailers that sell groceries. On May 23rd 2012, City Council voted 13-1 to move forward with drafting the final ordinance language and completing the appropriate CEQA environmental review. The May 23rd vote was very important but the bag ban ordinance still needs final approval from City Council. See below for more info and ways to help.
- Chapter:South Bay
- State: CA
- Country: USA
- Theme: Rise Above Plastics
- Launch Date: October 03 2011
- Completion Date: Ongoing
Please send an email and/or call the Los Angeles City Councilmembers on this issue to THANK THEM for 'Continuing to Support The Reusable Bag Ordinance' along with personal reasons it's an important issue to you.
We are also asking people to call the following Councilmembers with the short request to "Thank Councilmember _______ for continued support on the reusable bag ordinance."
Herb Wesson - Los Angeles City Council President - (213)-473-7010
Paul Krekorian - Los Angeles City Council - (213)-473-7002
Mitchell Englander - Los Angeles City Council - (213)-473-7012
Tom LaBonge - Los Angeles City Council - (213)-473-7004
Eric Garcetti- Los Angeles City Council - (213)-473-7013
Jan Perry - Los Angeles City Council - (213)-473-7009
Facts and reasons we need a reusable bag ordinance: Plastic bags are made from non-renewable resources such as natural gas and oil.
Plastic bags do not biodegrade in our lifetimes and can impact wildlife when littered - in addition being an eyesore, costing taxpayer dollars to pick up, potentially clogging drains and possibly creating mosquito breeding grounds in warmer months.
While plastic bags are recyclable, recent reports show a dismal 5% recycling rate from the 115 billion bags used nationwide. It's a great chance for local businesses, such as Green Vets LA, to provide a value added product for the community in reusable bags.
Would you like to volunteer for this campaign? Please contact on of our Los Angeles Chapter Leaders:
Surfrider West LA/Malibu Chapter Contact: Graham Hamilton email@example.com
Surfrider South Bay Chapter Contact: Craig Cadwallader firstname.lastname@example.org