Los Angeles Bans Plastic Bags
May 25, 2012 by Bryan Nash
In a 13-1 vote, the City Council of Los Angeles decided to trash plastic bags.
In doing so, Los Angeles became the largest U.S. city to ban the pollutant. California cities San Jose, San Francisco and Long Beach have passed similar ordinances.
Over the next year, plastic bags will be phased out from an estimated 7,500 locations.
The eventual goal is to ban paper bags as well.
“My hope is that so few paper bags will be used as a result of this measure that the formal ban … on paper bags may not even be necessary,” said Councilman Paul Koretz.
Environmentalists consider the ban a victory.
“Plastic harms our environment. It is a threat to the coastal economy. It is a danger to marine life and it is an unconscionable burden to taxpayers who have to foot the bill for cleanups year after year,” said attorney H. David Nahai, a former executive of the Department of Water and Power.
But not everyone is praising the ban. Many jobs will be lost as a result of the initiative. Bag manufacturers donned T-shirts with the message “Don’t Kill My Job.” But their efforts were to no avail.