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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has adopted an ordinance banning single use plastic carryout bags at stores in the County unincorporated areas, while requiring they charge 10¢ for each paper carryout bag sold to a customer. The 10-cent charge on paper bags is not subject to State sales tax and will be retained by stores for use in complying with the ordinance.
The intent of the ordinance is to promote the use of reusable bags over single use plastic and paper carryout bags in order to reduce the negative economic and environmental impacts associated with single use bags. This is one of over 70 single use plastic carryout bag bans adopted in California alone. And approximately 50 jurisdictions around the country have also adopted carryout bag restrictions. Within Los Angeles County alone, there have been 13 incorporated cities who adopted bag ordinances: Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Culver City, Glendale, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Monrovia, Pasadena, Santa Monica, South Pasadena and West Hollywood.