City of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles became the largest city in the country and 77th jurisdiction in the State of California to approve an ordinance to phase out the use of plastic grocery bags.

If the measure is signed, as expected, by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the phase out of single use plastic grocery bags at large grocery stores will begin January 1, 2014, and extend to smaller ‘convenience and liquor stores’ by July 1, 2014.

The adoption of the ordinance comes just two weeks after the California State Senate fell 3 votes short of passing a statewide phase-out of single use plastic bags.

Another dozen jurisdictions are expected to adopt ordinances phasing out single-use plastic later this year, including the Cities of Sacramento and Chico, and the Counties of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Sonoma, and Monterey.