BanHere is an interesting new law for those of you living in Los Angeles.

Starting January 1, 2014, many Los Angeles stores will have to stop using plastic bags.  Under this new law, customers will either have to bring their own bags into the stores or pay 10 cents for a paper bag.

According to Yahoo news, “more than 228,000 bags are distributed in the city every hour” and it costs about $2 million a year to clean up plastic bag litter in the city.

Which stores are affected by the plastic bag ban?

  • Stores that sell perishable foods
  • Convenience stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Large retailers (i.e., Wal-Mart)

Other cities that enforce the plastic bag ban:

  • San Francisco
  • Santa Monica

Problems with Plastic Bags:

  • Plastic bags are not reusable
  • Plastic bags are produced from non-renewable resources
  • Plastic bags are not likely to be recycled
  • Plastic bags are a substantial part of the liter in the city
  • Plastic bags are a hazard to wildlife.

Smaller stores will begin implementing this new law by June 2014.

The apparent penalty for stores that break this law is a fine of up to $500.

These “plastic bag ban” laws will most probably be strictly enforced.  If you own a store within Los Angeles, it would be wise to determine ways to effectively abide by this new law before the law takes effect.