Long Beach city council passes bag ban

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 20, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

In a 5-0 vote, the Long Beach City Council passed a city ordinance this week banning single-use plastic bags from retailers such as supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores.  The ordinance will also place a 10 cent per bag fee on consumers who use paper bags and becomes effective on August 1st for large retailers and January 2012 for smaller stores.  Proponents argue that the ban is necessary to cut down on waste and encourage consumers to use reusable bags, which they argue are better for the environment. Opponents, however, argue that the 10 cent fee on paper bags may violate the provisions of Proposition 26 that requires voters to approve by a majority vote (or two-thirds vote of the legislature) any new fees or levies.

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