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WeHo's Plastic Bag Ban Gets Bigger, Includes Smaller Stores

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Shoppers in West Hollywood, you're hopefully in the swing of things with your trendy reusable bags, since you've needed them to bag up your bundles at big retail establishments for a few months now. Today the ban gets a bit bigger, with retail establishments smaller than 10,000 square feet now having to scrap the disposable plastic.

The ban, which was approved a year ago, prohibits retail stores from handing out single-use plastic bags with purchases. Consumers in the City of West Hollywood must bring their own, or pay 10 cents per paper bag at point of sale.

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City of West Hollywood
West Hollywood explains why they joined several other Southern California cities in implementing a ban:

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The purpose of the ban on single-use plastic bags is to encourage sustainability by substituting plastic bags with durable and long-lasting reusable bags and paper bags made from recycled materials; as well as reduce costs to businesses, consumers, taxpayers and the environment. A ban on single-use plastic bags eliminates a major source of litter and marine debris. Through this initiative, residents have the opportunity to personally contribute toward reducing waste in the City.

Exemptions include restaurants offering take-out, small handle-less bags for produce and meat, farmers' markets, and dry cleaners.

WeHo's plastic bag ban aligns with those of unincorporated L.A. County, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Long Beach and Pasadena.