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Attention Shoppers: Burbank Likely Next to Ban Plastic Bags

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Taking a cue from a recently-implemented ban in unincorporated Los Angeles County, and other local cities like Long Beach and Santa Monica, Burbank appears poised to be the next to ban plastic bags at retail stores.

The Burbank City Council moved ahead with drafting a ban this week, reports the Burbank Leader, and the plan is to start with large grocery stores.

Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy attests that emails to her office from constituents are 10-1 in favor of the ban. “I don’t think most residents will see this as a big crimp when they shop," she said.

At this week's Council meeting, speakers on the proposed bag ban weren't all supportive, as some spoke of the ban as "another example of government overreach."

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Burbank will likely model their ban after the one put in place in L.A. County, which bans the bag first in larger stores, then smaller ones. Paper bags will be made available for a 10-cent per piece surcharge.