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L.A. County Could Ban the Plastic Bag Today

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Los Angeles County could become the largest municipality in the county to pass a ban on single use plastic bags...if the Board of Supervisors vote accordingly today.

With a vote scheduled for today's meeting, which gets underway right now, in the county, plastic single-use bags would not be available "in supermarkets, large retail pharmacies, liquor stores and food marts under a phased rollout beginning in July 2011," explains ban supporters Heal the Bay in an email release. "Recycled paper bags, which also generate needless waste, would be available for 10 cents. Shoppers are being encouraged to bring more sustainable reusable bags to stores."

The ban would affect unincorporated Los Angeles County, which has about 1 million residents. Similar bans are on the table in local cities, including Santa Monica and Los Angeles. However, a ban that was put to the vote in the California Senate failed to pass.