October 2016 - What is Proposition 67 and how does it impact Los Angeles County's bag ban?
THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES'S SINGLE-USE CARRYOUT BAG ORDINANCE went into effect January 1, 2011 and has resulted in:
✔ ✔ 100% of single-use carryout bags are no longer used in stores
✔ ✔ 0 violations resulting in a monetary fine
✔ ✔ Paper bag usage in large store have leveled off at 175,000 bags compared to 2.2 million plastic bags estimated bags used in large stores in 2009
The California legislature passed a statewide bag ban in 2014 which is now on this year's ballot as a referendum - Proposition 67. A "Yes" vote on Prop 67 approves the statewide plastic bag ban. A "No" vote rejects the statewide plastic bag ban. If Prop 67 is not approved by the voters, stores will be allowed to provide single-use plastic bags, unless there is an effective local ordinance in place. Thus, the County of Los Angeles will be authorized to continue to enforce its existing plastic bag ban, whether or not Prop 67 is approved by the voters.
October 2014 - The City of South Pasadena adopted a bag ordinance on May 7, 2014 to phase out single-use plastic grocery bags in grocery, drug, and convenience stores as well as farmers' markets. The ordinance is effect as of October 6, 2014 for larger stores and farmers' markets, and in other qualified stores starting December 6, 2014. There will be a minimum ten cent charge per paper bag.
Great News! Gov. Brown signs bill to phase out plastic bags in stores - The LA Times on 09/30/14 published an article on Gov. Brown signing a bill to phase-out of single-use plastic bags in stores. Click here for more information on the phase-out of single-use plastic bags in stores.
September 2014 - California is one step closer in passing the first state-wide plastic bag ban. In the last week of August, the State Assembly and Senate passed SB270. It now awaits Governor Brown to sign.
The City of LA bag ordinance expands to all food retailers on July 1st. Stores located in communities within the City are affected by the City ordinance.
The City of Monrovia adopted a bag ordinance on July 1, 2014. Grocery, drug, and convenience stores cannot distribute single-use plastic carryout bags. Paper bags have a minimum ten cent charge requirement. The ordinance will be effective on January 1, 2015.
June 2014 - Below are the latest reports regarding paper bag usage, which show that even as more municipalities in the region have adopted and implemented bag restrictions, paper bag usage has largely stabilized and continues to be lower than prior to adoption of the Ordinance.
(Note: Data for 2009 shows estimated plastic bag use as a red point and paper bag use as a blue point. Reduction of single use bags was determined by comparing extrapolated Quarterly Report data with reported plastic bag usage in 2009 and estimated paper bag usage based on Bag Usage Survey conducted for the County Bag EIR.)
April 2014 - Happy Earth Day! More jurisdictions are adopting carryout bag ordinances, including the local city of Beverly Hills. In reflection, the County ordinance has impacted stores to continue reducing their usage of carryout bags. By the end of 2013, nearly 168,000 paper bags were provided per large store annually since the ordinance came into effect, and approximately $8,800 were received per large store annually from the paper bag charge.
January 2014 - L.A.'s plastic bag ban goes into effect Jan. 1. The LA Times on 12/30/13 published an article about the prohibition of plastic bags within the City of Los Angeles in 2014. Click on the following link for more information on the City of Los Angeles' Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance.
December 2013 - With participation of County residents and nearly 800 affected retail stores, the ordinance has resulted in large stores continuing to maintain over a 90% reduction in single use bag usage compared to plastic bag usage prior to adoption of the Ordinance. This significant reduction in consumption of single use bags helps reduce bag litter and other environmental impacts at the source. As the season of giving approaches, we continue to give a helpful reminder to residents to use your reusable bags for all your shopping needs.
On June 26, 2013, the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles signed an ordinance into law banning plastic bags at stores in the City, a day after it had passed the City Council on a 9 to 1 vote. That makes nearly two-thirds of all Los Angeles County residents plastic bag free! Click here to view a map of areas in the County under a carryout bag ordinance.
After reviewing submitted reports for store data through the end of 2012, it has been found that large stores have continued to reduce their paper bag usage, by 10% since the ban was implemented.
The County Ordinance has withstood all legal challenges, including the latest filed by a large manufacturer of plastic bags based outside California, and four California taxpayers, under Proposition 26. On May 15, 2013, the State Supreme Court denied review of the case. Per the original ruling, the charge on paper bags is not an invalid special tax.
On May 14, 2013 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to support Senate Bill 405 (Padilla), a bill that would implement a statewide plastic bag prohibition modeled similarly to the County’s bag reduction ordinance. For more information, please visit SCV News.
March 2013 - From data reported by large stores for the first five quarters, we have found a 19% reduction in paper bag use since the ban came into effect. More than half of the small stores have submitted the quarterly report for the second and third quarters of 2012 and a majority submitted their first quarter report. So far, small stores are also experiencing a continuing reduction in paper bag usage.