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LA City Council Approves Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags
CBS) ^ | May 23, 2012 12:51 PM

Posted on 05/23/2012 2:44:04 PM PDT by BenLurkin

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday approved a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags across the city.

The ban was approved 13-1 and will affect 7,500 grocery stores in the city.

Large retailers will have six months to phase out the bags, while small retailers would have one year. Paper bags would also cost customers 10 cents.

City Councilman Eric Garcetti, who recently announced his candidacy for the mayor of L.A., told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO less than 5 percent of the bags used across the city ever reach a recycling bin.

"Tese plastic bags clog our landfills, they clog drainage systems, they litter neighborhoods, and go out to the ocean too where they cause damage to marine life,” said Garcetti.

Large grocery stores will have six months to enact the ban. Smaller stores will have a year to begin charging customers for the bags.

Other Southland cities such as Santa Monica and Long Beach already have similar bans in place.

Roughly two billion plastic bags and 400 million paper bags are distributed throughout the city every year.

Once in effect, Los Angeles will be the largest U.S. city to enact a plastic bag ban.


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: nannycity; nannystate; plastic; plasticbags
Brought to you by the same eco-kooks who banned paper bags 20 years ago.

The madness in society grows and grows. .

1 posted on 05/23/2012 2:44:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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Poll at the link:

The city of Los Angeles has voted to ban the sale of plastic bags. Do you approve?

Yes, we must safeguard the environment.

No, it interferes with shoppers’ freedom of choice.

Vote


2 posted on 05/23/2012 2:45:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Not that I ever wanted to live in LA... but now I don’t want to ever live in LA.


3 posted on 05/23/2012 2:47:47 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: BenLurkin

Guess I’ll have to pick my dog’s poop and line the small trash cans with BRAND NEW plastic bags (that will be used once) What morons!


4 posted on 05/23/2012 2:49:12 PM PDT by Gettin Betta
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To: BenLurkin

Thank you for voting!
Yes, we must safeguard the environment. 40.67% (85 votes)

No, it interferes with shoppers’ freedom of choice. 59.33% (124 votes)

Total Votes: 209


5 posted on 05/23/2012 2:50:40 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: BenLurkin
BYOB - bring your own bacteria

...to your store in reusable bags and share all of your germs with strangers

What's next?

produce plastic bags
small plastic containers
plastic bags for meat items

...anything safe and sane will eventually be banned.

6 posted on 05/23/2012 2:54:09 PM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: BenLurkin

Those bags become trash bags for the bathrooms and bedrooms inmy house, serve as lunchbags, used to help clean the trash out of my car, pick up dog poop etc. A frugal person can find many uses for them, produce bags on the other hand are too flimsy to really have a secondary use.


7 posted on 05/23/2012 2:55:23 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: BenLurkin

Those bags become trash bags for the bathrooms and bedrooms inmy house, serve as lunchbags, used to help clean the trash out of my car, pick up dog poop etc. A frugal person can find many uses for them, produce bags on the other hand are too flimsy to really have a secondary use.


8 posted on 05/23/2012 2:55:37 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: BenLurkin

So what. It will just be a few more trips to the car to retrieve the groceries. Just look at it as free exercise!


9 posted on 05/23/2012 2:55:45 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: BenLurkin

Good Lord my state is such an epic embarrassment..Reagan wouldn’t even recognize it anymore if he were still alive. Its run by SEIU, La Raza, and Environmental whack jobs


10 posted on 05/23/2012 2:57:00 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: US_MilitaryRules

You’re joking ...right?


11 posted on 05/23/2012 2:57:39 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: lormand

Not only that, since all the Dims are so fanatical about helping the underprivileged in the world, are they now going to boost Welfare and Food Stamp benefits so these people can now pay 10 cents per paper bag?


12 posted on 05/23/2012 2:59:00 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: BenLurkin
No Paper Bags!

No Plastic bags!

I guess you have to take your luggage to haul your groceries these days in LA.?

13 posted on 05/23/2012 3:00:52 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: BenLurkin

I bring in plastic bags, tell them, “No thanks! I don’t kill trees.” haha, they get this confused look. There IS freedom here in Los Angeles, but you have to fight for it every inch of the way.

Speaking of idiocy in LA, I think it was the City Council (or was it the County Board of Supes?) who announced yesterday the winner of their contest to: (hold onto your hats, please) “Choose the art to represent Los Angeles to be imprinted on the FREE CONDOMS that will go out to millions.” There you go, money well spent. How much did the contest cost? How many ‘administrators’ ran it? What was the prize? How many colors will be printed? Black and white? Multi-colors? Who gets the print job? And of course — Why the heck are they spending MY tax money for this?


14 posted on 05/23/2012 3:04:04 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: BenLurkin

“Single-use”, as opposed to multi-use plastic bags?

Stupid asses.

I use those plastic bags for numerous other things until they literally fall apart.

Self-congratulatory, micro-managing Commie elites condescend, and fail YET AGAIN.


15 posted on 05/23/2012 3:04:57 PM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: Gettin Betta

I thought we were supposed to use cloth bags for our dog poop now - AND our groceries.


16 posted on 05/23/2012 3:05:23 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: TexasCajun
City council members will always chauffeured to the store in limos.

As for you and me.....this is their vision of the future for us...

17 posted on 05/23/2012 3:06:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s not madness Ben. Everybody has to buy the new bags. Somebody makes them. That somebody had to talk the council into it ‘somehow’$$


18 posted on 05/23/2012 3:08:04 PM PDT by houeto (FReepathon 2Q! https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: BenLurkin

Someone needs to start making pop-up boxes for people to use.

A box is not a bag.


19 posted on 05/23/2012 3:12:27 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (I will never vote for Romney. Ever.)
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To: BenLurkin

The vision I have is of the Soviet Union, where cloth bags were carried at all times, in the hope of finding a potato on the shelf.
Austin is mandating this too.


20 posted on 05/23/2012 3:14:35 PM PDT by spankalib (The Marx-in-the-Parks crowd is a basement skunkworks operation of the AFL-CIO)
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To: BenLurkin

which agency will handle actual enforcement ? :

http://patriotpost.us/reference/california-agencies/


21 posted on 05/23/2012 3:19:54 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: LukeL

“Those bags become trash bags for the...”

So, instead of passing a law banning the grocery bags, just pass a law prohibiting use of any other bags for trash disposal. Groceries in - garbage out. It’s a win-win!


22 posted on 05/23/2012 3:31:58 PM PDT by ngat
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To: LukeL

They are used for everything at our house too. The excess bags are then taken to my grocery store who has a container right by the front door for them.
Idiots.


23 posted on 05/23/2012 3:38:22 PM PDT by sheana
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To: BenLurkin

Austin Silly council is doing something similar. For now, I think it is $.05 per plastic or paper bag with both to be banned in the next few years.


24 posted on 05/23/2012 3:41:30 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It's time to take out the trash in DC.)
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To: Gettin Betta

I use mine to hold the receptacles from my cat’s LitterMaid litter box. It would be hard to do without them.


25 posted on 05/23/2012 3:45:02 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: lormand
BYOB - bring your own bacteria

Indeed. Commanding people to use reusable bags is a great way to speed disease. Imagine all these bags being placed on floors, on sidewalks, in piles of dog poop, etc. Now all these bags come back to the store where they all go on the conveyor belt with your fresh produce.

This happy horse sh** will continue for a few years until the idiots notice there is a marked increase in salmonella and food poisoning.

26 posted on 05/23/2012 3:47:47 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: BenLurkin
wait till they start dragging filthy cloth bags across the checkout counters and people start getting sick... who will get sued, the store??? of course they will
27 posted on 05/23/2012 4:09:44 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: BenLurkin; 2ndDivisionVet; A knight without armor; Alexander Rubin; all the best; AmericaUnite; ...
The city of Los Angeles has voted to ban the sale of plastic bags. Do you approve?

Yes, we must safeguard the environment.
No, it interferes with shoppers' freedom of choice.

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28 posted on 05/23/2012 4:14:50 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: BenLurkin

We never recycle plastic bags in our house but reuse almost every one of them.

Garbage can liners
Carry alls (yes we’ve gone on vacation packing only plastic bags in the back of the car - it’s call vacationing on a superbudget)
Carrying things, like books and such or things to people’s houses.
Packing material - when I ship a book or such to someone, I wrap it in a plastic bag first for water protection
Dog poopy

Guess it’s time to start hoarding.


29 posted on 05/23/2012 4:35:16 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: bboop

LOL. I guess it passed them by that condoms are just mini plastic bags (the non biodegradable kind) packed in plastic, that become biohazards as well.

I don’t get how people can fall for this idiocy.


30 posted on 05/23/2012 4:37:51 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Gettin Betta
Guess I’ll have to pick my dog’s poop and line the small trash cans with BRAND NEW plastic bags (that will be used once) What morons!

Anyone who thinks those bags are really single use isn't using the brains God gave them.

31 posted on 05/23/2012 4:43:55 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: BenLurkin

The liberal county that I am stuck in passed this rule January 1st. What a pain. I purchased the cloth bags on Ebay (making sure that no store or even the school system received one red cent from me). On grocery day, I have to do a load of laundry for the bags that contain any meat products (sometimes it is six bags since not all the meat stuff goes into one bag). The worst part is remembering to keep them in your car. You need them for every store.. Rite Aid, Sears, CVS etc.. I also used the plastic bags you use to get at store for the small trash cans, dog poop, etc... so they were purchased (1,000 at a time on Ebay). If LA passes this rule... it will not be liked by many. IMHO.


32 posted on 05/23/2012 5:07:43 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: BenLurkin

Why do they always come up with stupid answer choices for their poll questions?

Yes, we must safeguard the environment.
No, it interferes with shoppers’ freedom of choice.

What is wrong with a simple YES or No for the choices.

If they are going to make a statement out of it, how about this instead.

Yes, we must safeguard the environment.
No, this will do nothing to safeguard the environment.

Or

Yes, we should interfere with shoppers freedom of choice.
No, it interferes with shoppers’ freedom of choice.

Or how about a third answer

Yes, we must safeguard the environment.
No, it interferes with shoppers’ freedom of choice.
None of the answers fit my position. The poll is biased.


33 posted on 05/23/2012 5:21:33 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: BenLurkin

Pretty soon they will wonder why there is so much dog doo on the grass at the parks and peoples lawns. lol

Ah Ha! A new bureaucracy to ticket the dog walkers who leave the poo!


34 posted on 05/23/2012 7:03:48 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: BenLurkin

Thank you! I have been trying to tell people that the reason we have plastic bags in the first place, is because the liberals pushed them on us years ago. They wanted to save the rainforests and trees, so they forced the use of plastic bags.

Now those same liberals are in effect admitting they were wrong all those years ago, aren’t they? Plastic bags were not the answer were they?

Now, let’s see if any other liberal solutions to any problems, after we see those solutions implemented, turn out to be the answer to the original problem.


35 posted on 05/23/2012 7:38:58 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: BenLurkin
Paper bags would also cost customers 10 cents.

How are they going to enforce this? Is the city of LA going to be the distributors of paper bags now? Will there be a paper bag czar? Is the paper bag ten cent fee a tax? How will they collect that tax? How do they know how to tax a retailer for a bag? Can a retailer not charge 10 cents? Who's to know - and how?

How do I apply for the job of 'paper bag czar'? Sounds like a nifty HACK job /sarc:>)

36 posted on 05/23/2012 8:14:53 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: libertarian27

LA will make the retailers get the .10cents


37 posted on 05/23/2012 8:38:19 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: leapfrog0202
Yep, without exception, all these 'good intentions' just spread pain and misery to everyone, in so many ways.

Tobacco taxes are another good example of what you are talking about, except that everyone must eventually go to a grocery store and shop and not everyone has to smoke.

38 posted on 05/24/2012 8:43:34 AM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: 6SJ7
I always ask for paper bags when I grocery shop. It helps keep the produce in the bags when I am doing > 2G turns in my SUV while getting 2mpg.

Nobody knows where the bags have been from the stench-hippy in front of you in the line. The bag boy touches the stench-hippy's bags, then guess who's produce he is handling next?

I forsee in the near future that these enviro-nuts will change course because the need to continuously wash your BYOB bag will cause global warming because we are using too much water.

Look for all disposable containers of any kind to be targetted soon.

39 posted on 05/24/2012 8:51:27 AM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: BenLurkin

Hang one of these bags on your clothes line. They turn to dust in a matter of days here in the Florida sun.


40 posted on 05/24/2012 9:33:52 AM PDT by poobear
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