Plastic Bag Ban at Large Retail Stores Begins in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES – The first step in phasing out plastic bags in the city of Los Angeles has begun.

Shoppers in the city will have to pay 10 cents a recyclable paper sack at large retail stores unless they bring their own reusable bags under a new law that begins today, Jan. 1, 2014.

Stores that make more than $2 million per year, such as supermarkets Vons and Ralph’s, are seeing the change. Smaller independent markets won’t be affected by the law until July 1

About 2 billion single-use plastic bags are used in Los Angeles every year, according to an environmental report conducted by the city.