The council’s 13-1 vote calls for the plastic bags to be phased out during a 12-month period at around 7,500 stores, reported the Los Angeles Times. Councilman Bernard Parks voted against the measure.
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and a variety of environmental groups pushed the council to issue the ban, reported the newspaper. The vote initiates a four-month environmental review of the moratorium, with an ordinance to put the plastic bag ban into effect to follow.
Larger stores would have six months to make the transition, while smaller shops would get one year, the newspaper reported. The retailers would have to charged 10 cents per bag starting a year after the ban becomes official.
Environmental groups had urged Los Angeles to follow in the footsteps of other cities, including San Jose, San Francisco, and Long Beach, citing concerns about clogged trash landfills and polluted waterways.
The measure did have its opponents. Employees from plastic bag manufacturing plants lobbied the council to keep the measure from being approved, expressing concerns about losing their jobs, the newspaper reported.
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