by Susan McIntosh
Gaia Graphics & Associates
Starting next July, the choice of paper or plastic will no longer be an option for residents of Los Angles County.
In a bold move the State of California has yet to accomplish, the County of Los Angeles has banned the use of plastic grocery bags and will require grocers to charge for the purchase of paper bags. Although the ban is limited to the unincorporated areas of the county, it will affect grocery bag choices for almost 1.1 million Southern California residents.
Mark Gold, president of Heal the Bay, a Santa Monica environmental group, said of previous efforts to promote recycling of plastic bags at grocery stores, “You cannot recycle your way out of the plastic bag problem. The cost of convenience can no longer be at the expense of the environment.”
The ban will significantly reduce the use of plastic bags in L.A. County, which are said to account for 25% of the litter picked up each year.