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Tumble On, Tumbleweed: Plastic Bag Ban Begins July 1 in L.A. County

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It's time to bid adieu to L.A. County's "urban tumbleweed." Friday, July 1 marks the day a ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect in unincorporated Los Angeles County. The ban was approved back in November 2010.As we explained when the ban was approved by a vote by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors:

The ban [...] will mean single use bags will not be available at stores. "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." Paper bags will be available for a surcharge.

Leading up to Friday's kill-date for the bags, County leaders have been helping residents and businesses get ready for the bag ban. “To help make the transition easier for consumers, we’ve been giving away hundreds of free canvas bags at participating supermarkets across L.A. County through the month of June—and our final giveaway is in East L.A.," explains Supervisor Gloria Molina. The giveaway is Wednesday, June 29th at 2 p.m. at El Super.

L.A. County has set up a website to help share information about the plastic bag ban.