Ask the Los Angeles City Council to reduce plastic bag pollution and adopt a strong reusable bag ordinance for a cleaner city, beaches and ocean!
Plastic bags are made from non-renewable resources such as natural gas and oil. Plastic bags do not biodegrade in our lifetimes and can impact wildlife when littered - in addition to being an eyesore, costing taxpayer dollars to pick up, potentially clogging drains and possibly creating mosquito breeding grounds in warmer months. While plastic bags are recyclable, recent reports show a dismal 5% recycling rate from the 115 billion bags used nationwide. There is an easy solution in reusable bags - and they are already being made right here in Los Angeles!
For these reasons and more we are calling on the Los Angeles City Council to approve a strong reusable bag ordinance that would ban plastic checkout bags place a ten-cent fee on paper checkout bags.
On May 23rd, 2012 the Los Angeles City Council voted 13-1 to to move forward with drafting the final ordinance language and completing the appropriate CEQA environmental review. The May 23rd vote was very important but the bag ban needs final approval from City Council in the coming months so we still need your support.