As reported in our blog of July 5, 2011, there has been an increasing trend nationwide in eliminating or taxing the use of plastic bags and paper bags in the retail forum. This movement has been in the works for several years originating in Seattle, Washington and has been made into a law in a number of cities around the United States. Retail establishments, municipalities, environmentalists and a number of other advocacy groups are firmly in support of this but has met considerable resistance from the plastic bag industry who has launched petition drives to abolish this proposed law.
The County of Los Angeles will begin enforcement on a ban of carryout plastic bags on Friday, July 1, 2011. Adopted by the county's board of supervisors on November 16, 2010, the ordinance will require all supermarkets and large retail stores to cease handing out disposable plastic bags, and charge $0.10 per paper bag given to customers. Smaller grocery stores, eateries and other retail establishments have until the end of the year to comply, with enforcement beginning for them on January 1, 2012.