Skip to comments.L.A. County passes sweeping ban on plastic bags
Posted on 11/16/2010 5:13:09 PM PST by Nachum
Enacting one of the nation's most aggressive environmental measures, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban plastic grocery bags in unincorporated areas of the county.
The vote was 3-1, supported by Supervisors Gloria Molina, Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Zev Yaroslavsky, and opposed by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Supervisor Don Knabe was absent.
The ban, which will cover nearly 1.1 million residents countywide, is to the point: No store shall provide to any customer a plastic carryout bag. An exception would be made for plastic bags that are used to hold fruit, vegetables or raw meat in order to prevent contamination with other grocery items.
If grocers choose to offer paper bags, they must sell them for 10 cents each, according to the ordinance. The revenue will be retained by the stores to purchase the paper bags and educate customers about the law.
Plastic bags are a pollutant. They pollute the urban landscape. They are what we call in our county urban tumbleweed, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said.
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So long California....don’t come back now ya hear?!?
Great. Now they can use those bags from China with the lead paint.
makes me laugh, fools.
so it’s the bags that pollute and not the pigs that infest their urban landscape?
All the supermarkets switched to plastic bags because the green fascists complained that paper bags were a waste of trees. Now we’re back to paper bags. Until they ban those too. Our liberal elite won’t be happy until we’re carrying our groceries home in our bare hands. On the bus. Running at 4 mph on solar panels.
More jobs for work starved washington state.
Port Townsend should start receiving orders soon.
Although I don’t like action like this, there are winners when ever a law is passed.
Don't they have littering laws?
LA County has a $500 million+ budget deficit and they’re spending time and resources on outlawing plastic bags! They can carry their groceries home in the same hand basket in which they are going to hell.
That used to be part of the cost of doing business. At least the paper breaks down pert fast...
One thing for sure, every time they do something like this it just proves how mentally ill the left wing dumb a**es are.
Littering Laws? If they can’t obey border laws with armed federal employees to enforce them, do you think littering laws are going to bother people?
WOW, that will only lead to massive store closings. Yev Z. is most certainly a communist - probably right out of the USSR.
Didn’t they start off saying to use plastic instead of killing trees for paper bags .... how soon will they ban plastic bottles?
You're too kind - I think their ultimate plan is for us (especially we on the right) to not have any groceries at all.
Why doesn’t Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky just mind his own f’n business?
I don’t care for plastic bags myself
Words fail me. California must have the poorest excuses for state and local government since Medieval times
If they can make edible undies why can’t they make edible grocery bags?
I never did like plastic bags, so I use paper. I wonder why they are charging .10 for the paper bags?
FYI Trader Joe’s has great reusable bags.
The schools are a disaster, the city is in a financial shambles, they outlawed watering our lawns regularly so there’s a lot of brown grass around in the summer, their squandering tons of cash on a commuter rail that no one will use, and now they want to make us use dirty bags from China instead of clean disposable plastic ones. WHY WHY WHY?
WHat happens to all the products that are sold in cellophane? Candy bar packages, egg noodles, ramen!!!!
Of course those people don't want chemicals being made. It could be worse that chopping up a tree.
Just saw the other day a scientist that had a small countertop device that he tossed a bunch of plastic bags and other plastic parts into, screwed the lid down, and the plastic melted, was heated to gas, run through a water condenser on the other side and got clean oil. I think he said 3kg of plastic yielded 1 liter of oil. He’s further been able to refine that oil to gas, kerosene ,etc.
It’s out on youtube I believe.
I used to work in LA. These three are the biggest left wing A-holes around.
We use those plastic bags to line our under-the-sink trash containers. So, all those bags end up in the landfill. So now, folks like us who live in LA County will have to buy plastic trash liners.
What is funny is that the percentage of folks who live in unincorporated LA County is small compared to those living in all of the incorporated cities.
I'm not nuts about 'em either, due to their flimsiness.....Trojan probably is envious that they can't make their scumcatchers as thin. Thus, if you go to Walmart and buy 10 items, you're probably going to end up with 12 bags.
Yep, they (the envirowackos) said just that.
It won't matter what it is , they will find a way to say it's BAD.
They should all go to a deserted island and see how long they can survive. I'd guess less than a week.
Geez.. weren’t these the same bozo’s who wanted us to stop using paper bags to ‘save the trees’?
They are RESPONSIBLE for plastic bags being invented
DING! WE HAVE A WINNER!
Thanks for playing
In order to satisfy the idiots, it would have to be made of organic wheat or some other crap that nobody would eat. But hey, it would "protect" the environment and make us all feel good. Right?
Buy in bulk.
At the time I pictured the inevitable "bags that got away" snarled on fences, bushes, and trees. It was obvious that the enviro-Mentals weren't opposed to litter, they just wanted more of it. All necessary to create perpetual outrage and victimhood.
And who didn't *recycle* paper bags? It just made sense. They were good for a zillion kids' craft projects (if not used at home the schools gladly took them), wrapping packages for mailing, mulch for under the bark mulch, etc. Plus, I didn't need a *plastic* bin or cardboard box in my trunk to get the groceries home undamaged.
Now the greenies want everyone to use the icky quasi-reuseable bacteria-magnet green "cloth" bags with the recycling logo, so they can all show how much they care. The green bags do function like ID badges though, so they aren't a total waste. :)
Reminds me of the time I had the misfortune of living next door to a hardcore greenie. He had the rattiest yard on the block and generated an enormous amount of trash. Impossible not to notice because the overloaded cans would predictably fall over into the street, and that was on a good day when dogs didn't scatter the mess.
I LOST EVERYTHING!
“An exception would be made for plastic bags that are used to hold fruit, vegetables or raw meat in order to prevent contamination with other grocery items. “
Well, just offer them for that purpose, then.
There's a good way to confound these nanny-state idiots - the prohibition has been placed on stores offering the bags. The law does not prohibit individual, independent freedom fighters from offering plastic bags to customers. So there is a business opportunity here for willing entrepreneurs - have bags printed up advertising something other than a store (for example, advertising a book, a movie, a band, a car, etc.) and have people offer bags for free (single ones, five packs, or whatever) to grocery shoppers before they enter the store...
Leftists ban everything THEY don’t like. Then they blame the “religious Right” for “imposing their will”. I’ve never had a preacher pick through my garbage to make sure I was recycling.
I live in L.A. and I know the mexican clerks wont give a sh*t about it, they’ll just hand me the plastic bag if I ask for it. Starting tomorrow, I;ll grab more than a handful and they can F off.
“If they can make edible undies why cant they make edible grocery bags?”
How could you get a girl to wear a grocery bag in the appropiate place to make it edible?
I could not live without plastic bags. I use them for lining the trash can, cleaning out the fridge, hauling stuff, and dozens of other uses. They don’t tear like paper bags and you can easily throw them away after you’ve used them. And the best thing about them is that they are convenient and FREE!!! Why would anyone mess with those reusable bags and waste time and water washing them and hauling them back and forth to your car? I will cry on the day that our city bans them, but since I live in eastern Washington (state), I don’t think that will ever happen.