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LB’s plastic bag ban beginning August 1

July 29th, 2011 · No Comments · News

Long Beach residents are reminded to “take a tote” when shopping at large grocery stores, big-box retailers and large drug stores that sell food and perishable items.
Beginning August 1, 2011, these stores will no longer provide plastic carryout bags.
In response, Long Beach retailers are gearing up to accommodate consumers by hosting bag giveaway events.
To see a complete list of retailers that are scheduled to discontinue the distribution of plastic carryout bags and a list of stores conducting bag giveaways, visit litterfreelb.org, email tote@litterfreeLB.org or call (562) 570-2876.
Created by the City of Long Beach, litterfreelb.org provides information on the 10-cent charge per paper bag, Toting Tips, and a host of answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
Under this plastic carryout bag ban, retailers that discontinue plastic carryout bags will be required to provide free reusable or paper bags to customers in the California Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children or the Supplemental Food Program.  
Under this ordinance, paper bags can also be purchased from retailers at a cost of 10 cents per bag. The 10-cent fee will be retained by the retailer to assist with costs associated with the ordinance, as well as educational materials designed to encourage the use of reusable carryout bags.
The Long Beach City Council voted to ban the distribution of plastic carryout bags and approved a 10-cent per bag charge for recyclable paper bags in May 2011. The plastic bag ban ordinance is designed to reduce litter in neighborhoods, reduce plastic debris in waterways and storm drains, reduce waste transported to landfills, and promote the use of reusable bags.
The first phase of the plastic carryout bag ban goes into effect Aug. 1. The second phase of the ordinance goes into effect Jan. 1, 2012. In addition to large grocery stores, big-box retailers and large drug stores that sell food and perishable items, the second phase will apply to neighborhood markets and pharmacies, convenience stores, bodegas, sandwich and coffee shops, liquor stores and farmers markets that sell food and perishable items.

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