Shop with a Convenient Reusable Bag
Plastic bags can be so inconvenient and costly when you stop to consider that …
- Millions of barrels of oil are used each year to create plastic shopping bags that can rip and tear.
- Plastic is non bio-degradable. It would take 1,000 years for a single plastic bag to decompose or break down, if at all.
- Plastic bags photo-degrade. That means that they break down into small pieces that can be ingested by wildlife and absorbed into the environment.
- When burned, plastic bags create toxic fumes.
Reusable Bags are Available …
- Reusable bags are widely available for purchase at select retail stores and markets.
- Reusable bags are also distributed by L.A. Sanitation through select City-sponsored events, partners and locations on a first come, first served basis and are provided at no cost while supplies last.
What stores will NOT be offering plastic Bags?
Effective January 1, 2014:
All large stores with gross annual sales of over $2 Million a year or with at least 10,000 square feet of retail space that generate sales or use tax and has a licensed pharmacy.
These stores include:
- Grocery stores: Ralphs, Vons, Albertson’s, Food-4-Less, etc.
- Large stores with pharmacies: CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, etc.
- Large retail stores that sell groceries: Wal-Mart, Target, etc.
- Some convenience stores that sell $2 Million or more: 7-11, Mini-Marts
Effective July 1, 2014:
All small stores and markets with gross annual sales of less than $2 Million a year.
These stores include:
- Small grocery stores: Local stores and markets.
- Small retail stores that sell groceries: Local retail stores.
- Small convenience stores that sell under $2 Million or less: 7-11, Liquor Stores, Mini-Marts
Some Bags Will Still Be Provided …
Some plastic bags are exempt from the Ordinance because of privacy, health and safety reasons.
Stores must provide free reusable bags or free recyclable paper bags to Participants of California Special Programs: WIC (Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants & Children), SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer).
The following bags will still be made available to shoppers at no charge:
- Produce bags used to bag vegetables, fruit and meat
- Pharmacy bags
- Restaurant bags
- Hardware stores bags (e.g. Home Depot, Lowes, etc.)
- Select retail stores bags (e.g. Macy’s, JC Penny, Ross, TJ Maxx, etc.)