City of Los Angeles Bag Ban
JUNE 2013 UPDATE: The full Los Angeles City Council will take up the reusable bag ordinance on Tuesday, June 18 at 10 a.m. The Council may limit the number of people who can testify at the hearing, but we need your presence to show community support! Join us at the hearing: arrive early for a rally, wear a green shirt and let's make Los Angeles the largest city in the U.S. to ban plastic bags! Los Angeles City Hall is located at 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, 90012.
- Chapter:South Bay
- State: CA
- Country: USA
- Theme: Rise Above Plastics
- Launch Date: October 03 2011
- Completion Date: Ongoing
Please contact Los Angeles City Councilmembers on this issue to encourage them to follow through on their commitment to reduce plastic bag pollution and adopt a strong reusable bag ordinance for a cleaner city, beaches and ocean!
We are also asking people to call the following Councilmembers' office with the short request to "Please ask Councilmember _______ to support the carryout bag ordinance for a better LA."
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
Ed Reyes - Los Angeles City Council - (213) 473-7001
Dennis Zine - Los Angeles City Council - (213) 473-7003
Richard Alarcon - Los Angeles City Council - (213) 473-7007
Bernard Parks - Los Angeles City Council - (213) 473-7008
Bill Rosendahl - Los Angeles City Council - (213) 473-7011
Jose Huizar - Los Angeles City Council - (213) 473-7014
Joe Buscaino - Los Angeles City Council - (213)-473-7015
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 City Council now has all of the resources at their disposal to finalize what they promised so please call on them to ACT NOW!
Facts and reasons we need a carryout bag ordinance: Plastic bags are made from non-renewable resources such as natural gas and 'fracking' for natural gas is a growing concern.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Surfrider South Bay Chapter Contact: Craig Cadwallader email@example.com