Long Beach

Long Beach Bag Ban

Victory | May 24 2011

Plastic Pollution

Long Beach City Council voted to ban the plastic checkout bags in the port city and put a ten cent fee on single-use paper bags in the Long Beach City area on May 24, 2011 after the second reading of the ordinance. Mayor Bob Foster subsequently signed the ordinance. The ban will specifically affect supermarkets, large pharmacies, farmers markets and retailers in the city limits. After the state legislators failed to pass AB 1998 last year, a statewide ordinance banning single-use plastic bags and putting a fee on paper bags, Long Beach became one of the 7 municipalities in California to step up with a bag ordinance on their own.

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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